Being a poet
Steve Turner describes the influences and encouragements that led him into poetry
IT WASN’T UNTIL I WAS 15 that I thought it would be cool to be a poet. This was partly due to a crop of songwriters including Paul Simon, Bob Dylan and Donovan who were making pop music more poetic, partly because of my school friend Ginger Goodwin who wore army surplus clothing, played blues records, owned a harmonica and wrote his own poetry longhand in a hardback notebook, and partly because I’d heard poetry read.
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