Mr. Lucas Brice on Poetry

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People ask me, how do you write poetry? Many of them assume that I go off somewhere in a little cottage in the country, and write in complete isolation. But the truth is, I write here, in my home in London.

Some poets need solitude because they’re creating something from nothing. They need to focus. I, on the other hand, need sound, noise, distraction. I need to defocus. I often write poetry whilst listening to BBC radio. It might be The Archers or the news; it really doesn’t matter. I sometimes listen to Welsh broadcasts and I don’t speak a word of Welsh.

For me, everything is just swirling around and once I lose my concentration, I can take what I need. It just comes to me. I’m not constructing something piece by piece. The poems arrive from the aether, fully formed.

Original photo by David Iliff.

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