In his own eyes, said W.H. Auden, a poet ‘is only a poet at the moment when he is making his last revision to a new poem. The moment before, he was still only a potential poet; the moment after, he is a man who has ceased to write poetry, perhaps forever.’
Rather than ‘being a poet’, therefore, perhaps it's better just to present poems. I present here a sample of five, written over a lifetime; also an extract from a long narrative; and a list of selected poetry books and publications.