I began writing poetry when I was ten years old. My first poem was about the weather, written to earn my writers badge in the Girl Guides.

I started writing regularly when I was sixteen and in an unrequited love situation, what better motivation is there for writing poetry?

I didn’t really think of my writing as poetry, merely a collection of thoughts. I spent very little time on them, they just sort of tumbled out. And they rarely rhymed, which I’d believed at the time was essential for a poem. 

But as my favourite poet, DH Lawrence once said:

Each little piece is a thought; not a bare idea or an opinion, or a didactic statement, but a true thought… At least they do not pretend to be half baked lyrics or melodies.”

I recently unearthed this collection of poems, mostly written between 1994-1999.

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