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'Poetry? It's crucial' [UK]:
The day after his Forward prize win, David Harsent talks about his winning collection, Legion, poets' day jobs and why poetry matters.

Guardian: Huge congratulations - how are you feeling today?

Harsent: Richer! [...]

Guardian: You also write a series of detective novels under the pen name Stella Mooney. Are you better known for the novels than your poetry? Does the prize mean you won't have to write a detective novel this year?

Harsent: I'm not really a detective novelist, like that. My detective fiction sells pretty well, and my publishers are quite happy but I'm not a bestseller, I haven't got a profile like PD James or Dan Brown so it's not true to say I'm better know for crime fiction. I'm doing pretty well but I'm not a household name.

All poets have to have day jobs. I used to be a bookseller and then a publisher, a lot of people teach and we all have to try and make a living as nobody can make a living just from poetry. [...]
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