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For all of you who have submitted to our various projects the first answer that pops into your head should be a loud and resounding ‘Writer‘ and for many it has to be ‘Poet.

One of the questions we have put to the poets who are appearing in the upcoming ‘Spotlights’ anthology is,

When did you first call yourself a poet and why?

The reason we ask is that we have noticed that so many people who send in great writing remain unsure about saying aloud, I am a poet! 

You are ALL poets – so every day, stand in front of your mirror and say it aloud until it fits. There is no arrogance in this. This is not saying that your poetry is as good as the ‘greats’ – Heaney, Eliot et al. However it does tell the world that poetry is what you do and writing is part of the person you are and need to be.

If you don’t see yourself as a poet or a writer why should anyone else? Why should they invest their time in listening to or reading your stuff?

It all comes down to self belief and in the contrary world of publishing confidence is king. For most of us it is a question of ‘fake it til you make it’.

The key is to say it whenever you have chance … so, our contributors should all be queuing up to tell us that they first called themselves a poet when they wrote the first poem they felt happy with.

This weekend we were lucky enough to spend a couple of hours with a poet – his answer to our question was –

‘I think a poet both believes in his/her work and succeeds in spreading that belief. My first published poem got me a beginner’s ticket.’

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The poet Peter Taylor sees ‘Perspectives from an Open Heart‘ in print

Peter Taylor, the winner of the Paragram Chapbook Challenge met us for a coffee and informal chat. It was interesting to understand a little more about why he writes and we will share this with you in our upcoming ‘Meet Peter Taylor’ blog.