The Atlantic has a great interview with Sherman Alexie that’s worth reading and has some great book recommendations tucked into it as well.
It’s about when he realised that he could become a poet and how one poem changed everything for him.
It’s got me thinking about which poems have made me want to be a poet. I think I decided very early on that I was going to be a poet (aged six) so it was never really a choice as such but certainly poems have influenced me along the way.
I can think of a few but I plan on searching through old poetry books and making a list, perhaps re-reading and seeing if they have the same impact now.
I’d love to know more poems or poets who made people want to write poetry. Any suggestions out there?