October 16, 2005
*Six: Do you pen the lyrics before the music? And do you spend as much time re-writing as some would like to believe, or do the words just fall from your hand onto the paper?
JD: I do a lot of revision, yes - I wasn't aware that there was a contingent who like to think about whether I revise or not! But I believe strongly in rewriting, revision, rethinking - every so often there'll be a song that comes out as-is, but I generally don't trust that kind of writing - I like a well-sharpened knife better that a flaked arrowhead.
'I admire the popular poets of today - Simon Armitage, Carol Ann Duffy, Ian Patterson, Don Paterson, Wendy Cope. A lot of these poets write in forms. Carol Ann Duffy uses sonnets, Seamus Heaney has written some of the best sonnets of the past 100 years and also writes in villanelles. Wendy Cope writes in triolets.'