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- Wherever I've travelled I could never quite shake off a homeward gravitation towards Ulster. I am a recovering Protestant. Belfast, in particular, will always be a part of me, that dark unlovely town with its Sunday silences.
- Although every poem I suppose is an attempt, I suppose it's religon - the notion of art as consolation, the belief that "everything will be all right." I suppose I can't finally seriously believe that we're not immortal. So yes, in some sense everything is going to be all right.