Quotes by Carol Ann Duffy
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As anyone who has the slightest knowledge of my work knows, I have little in common with Larkin, who was tall, taciturn and thin-on-top, and unlike him I laugh, nay, sneer, in the face of death. I will concede one point: we are both lesbian poets.Source: Interviewed in The Guardian, August 31, 2002. 
Auden said poetry makes nothing happen. But I wonder if the opposite could be true. It could make something happen.
Christmas is taken very seriously in this household. I believe in Father Christmas, and there's no way I'd do anything to undermine that belief.
Edinburgh is my favourite city. We'll be doing a lot of children's theatre and galleries.
It will blind you with tears
like a lover.
It will make your reflection
a wobbling photo of grief.Source: Valentine, from Mean Time (1993)
If I felt, in the event of a royal wedding, inspired to write about people coming together in marriage or civil partnership, I would just be grateful to have an idea for the poem. And if I didn't, I'd ignore it.
It's always good when women win things in fiction because it tends to be more male-dominated, unlike poetry, which is more equal.
Light gatherer. You fell from a star
into my lap, the soft lamp at the bedside
mirrored in you,
and now you shine like a snowgirl,
a buttercup under a chin, the wide blue yonder
you squeal at and fly in.Source: The Light Gatherer, from Feminine Gospels (2002)
Like the sand and the oyster, it's a creative irritant. In each poem, I'm trying to reveal a truth, so it can't have a fictional beginning.
Not a red rose or a satin heart.
I give you an onion.
It is a moon wrapped in brown paper.
It promises light
like the careful undressing of love... I am trying to be truthful.Source: Valentine, from Mean Time (1993)
One saw I was alive. Loosened
his belt. My bowels opened in a ragged gape of fear.
Between the gap of corpses I could see a child.
The soldiers laughed. Only a matter of days separate
this from acts of torture now. They shot her in the eye.Source: Standing Female Nude (1985) Shooting Stars
Poets deal in writing about feelings and trying to find the language and images for intense feelings.
Somewhere on the other side of this wide night
and the distance between us, I am thinking of you.
The room is turning slowly away from the moon.Source: Words, Wide Night, from The Other Country (1990)
The moment of inspiration can come from memory, or language, or the imagination, or experience - anything that makes an impression forcibly enough for language to form.
The poem is a form of texting... it's the original text. It's a perfecting of a feeling in language - it's a way of saying more with less, just as texting is.
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