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This morning I learned from Melvyn Bragg’s documentary about Ted Hughes that the poet spent a great deal of time fishing. His capacity for intense concentration was nurtured by that activity, and many of his poems relate to it. My own fishing is not out on a lake in the wilderness, but inside, in books, on BBC radio 4, on Google, and in long conversations (preferably over meals). It is not pike or brown trout that I seek, but ideas.    

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