Interview With The Gloucester Poetry Society
What is your name?
James Laurie aka Shadow The Poet
Can you give a unique fact about yourself?
I swam in the River Sow on Christmas Day and the Usk on New Years Day.
When did you start writing poetry?
What kind of poetry do you like to write?
I just like to write about life, either in a free verse or prose style stream of consciousness type of thing. I also like to dabble in Haikus and other syllable counting styles.
What are your inspirations?
Anything at all, although looking at the stuff Ive written it majors on personal themes, divorce, death, depression that sort of thing.
Who are your favourite poets / artists?
I love music and could tell you hundreds of bands I enjoy, some of the most influential in my work include the driving rhythms of Johnny Cash and the storytelling of Martha Tilston. Closer to home I enjoy Dave Dunwell’s poems and wish I could write like him, Hannah Teasdale, Tim Vosper, Tim King, Robert Garnham and Luke Wright are definitely worth seeing if you can.
What makes you smile?
Seeing the Malverns, the Welsh Mountains, walking into the woods and jumping in rivers.