In a foreword on one of the most prolific and important poets of our age: TS Elliot, Craig Raine perfectly captured how I feel about poetry,prose and the “formulated phrase”. Its why, even though my writing is imperfect and a far cry from the likes of Elliot, I feel compelled to write and why the use of words in and of themselves, are one of my most treasured forms of expression.

“Poetry is written out of the true self, in all its complexity in all it saving incoherence its authentic internal contradictions, its existential candour, a self utterly remote from the self deduced by the world, the glib caricature we recognise reflected in the eyes of others…” ~Craig Raine