Poet Focus: Beverly Rycroft
What is your current profession? How do you juggle your work and your writing?
I was a teacher, but now I write. I find early mornings best, and write for up to three hours.
With which person, living or dead, would you most like to have a conversation?
Emily Dickinson. If she’d deign to come out of her room.
What is the most compelling lesson you have learned thus far from the Covid-19 pandemic?
A reminder that lack of distraction, quiet and solitude are blissful . They can be self-generated after Covid.
Which poets are you currently reading or who inspire you?
- Louise Gluck
- Wislawa Szymborska
- Les Murray
What writing project are you currently working on and where can we go to see some new work?
I’m currently completing my second novel. After that I hope to post new poems on my website.
ADVICE TO NEW/YOUNGER POETS
- Read as many and as varied a selection of as you can
- Switch everything off and go for a walk, hang up the washing, give your brain time to wander
Books/Movies/Series/Social Media Feeds You Are Reading Or Following During Lockdown
Series: Babylon; BerlinTheatre streaming; Cyprus Avenue; A Streetcar named Desire
Books: John Kennedy Toole – A Confederacy of Dunces; Toni Morrison – Beloved; Anna Karenina on audio tape