Interview With David Clear

Below is an interview with the incredibly talented winner of our National Poetry Day Competition:

The Random Section

1.What’s your name?

David Clear


2.What’s your favourite colour?



3.What’s your favourite animal?

Snow leopard


4.What’s your favourite food?



5.What kind of hobbies do you like?

Chess, yard work


6.What’s your favourite time of year?



7.Do you prefer tea, coffee or none?



8.What’s your lucky number?



The Writing Section

9.What would you say poetry is?

The distillation of left brain/right brain vibrations


10.How long have you been writing poetry?

Fifty years


11.What inspired your winning poem?

Edgar Allan Poe


12.How do you normally find inspiration?



13.Do you know the title of your poem before you write it, or do you write it and then create your title?

Sometimes one sometimes the other


14.Do you write your poems with pen and paper or on a device?



15.Who’s your favourite author?

Thomas Wolfe


16.Who’s your favourite poet?

Rilke, Rumi, it’s a tie


17.What’s your favourite book?

Snow Leopard


18.What’s your favourite poem?

The road not taken by Frost


19.How do you go about writing a poem?

One line at a time


20.Why do you like poetry?

Freedom of creative expression


21.Do you have any advice for aspiring poets?

Get started and keep going

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