Poet Focus: Tony Ullyatt
What is your current profession? How do you juggle your work and your writing?
Officially, I’m a professional pensioner, while my writing schedule has always been spasmodic. So I don’t have to juggle my time, only my inspired days and the others.
With which person, living or dead, would you most like to have a conversation?
Leonard Bernstein or Jacob Bronowski for their remarkable intellectual range.
What is the most compelling lesson you have learned thus far from the Covid-19 pandemic?
That we should never underestimate the power of stupidity in organisations, groups, and individuals.
Which poets are you currently reading or which poets inspire you?
In the last few weeks, I’ve been reading poetry by Jack Gilbert, Lew Welch, and Charles Wright.
What writing project are you currently working on and where can we go to see some new work?
I’ve been writing at least one senryu every day since the day prior to lockdown. They’re all in draft form at present, though a small sample is forthcoming in New Contrast soon.
ADVICE TO NEW POETS
- Commit yourself to reading poems and study how they work.
- Read books about the craft of poetry. i.e. learn the tools of the trade so you know what you’re doing.
- Learn to accept positive criticism that will improve the quality of your writing.
BOOKS/MOVIES/SERIES/SOCIAL MEDIA FEEDS YOU ARE READING OR FOLLOWING DURING LOCKDOWN
Youtube for music