May 28, 2013

Interview w/ Poet Michael Holme

1.      Who or what inspired you to write poetry? 
I have a scientific background with a BSc in Chemistry and an MSc in Computing. However, I turned to the arts late in life. First I learned to play the piano, and then by enlisting the help of the Writers Bureau poetry course, I studied writing poetry with Alison Chisholm who is excellent. I was determined to wash off the logical/mathematical label that my upbringing had put on me. A long time ago now I started writing my roman à clef and eventually poetry replaced it. I use it as a beautiful diary. Last year, sadly I recorded the death of my wife in verse.  

2.      Do you have a favorite place to write?
Yes, in my "art gallery." I have a modest collection of art by artists such as Colin Jellicoe, Walter Kershaw and David Miller, etc.

3.      Who are your favorite poets, alive or deceased?
Paul Durcan, Philip Larkin, Charles Bukowski, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Bob Dylan and John Cooper Clarke. John was the first poet I was ever really exposed to. I heard him reciting his performance, punk poetry on the radio when I was a boy. 

4.      What five words best sum up your personality?
Capricious, kind, caring, extravagant, impatient. 

5.      Other than writing, what else do you love to do?
I play the piano, for example Grieg Lyric Pieces and Chopin Preludes. 

6.      What are your current, and/or next projects?
My next project is to finish my roman à clef. 

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