Your relationship seems to be connected by your shared love for poetry and art. How and why did you start your own press ‘New River Press’ together?
RM: We started New River Press because we like the idea of a writer led poetry press and we could see lots of new support emerging for spoken word but no so much for page poetry, and we wanted to give life to new literature which both challenged the times and reinvented the English language. We always loved the story of how Virginia and Leonard Woolf started their Hogarth press from their dining room, but we lived in a very small flat that didn’t have a dining room so we decided we’d have to start it from our sofa. We found that a lot of other poets we respected felt the same, so it’s sort of been like an explosion of blank verse and blank hope. We’re running the press a bit like an indie record label and trying to get the books out to a young audience, for example, we’re launching our next book in Urban Outfitters on Oxford Street instead of in a traditional bookshop.
You’re approaching your wedding anniversary, has marriage changed your relationship and artwork?
GB: I don’t think it changes it just develops into a more cohesive way of communicating. I think one of the most beautiful things about marriage or long relationships is that you develop your own secret words for things, a private lexicon that stakes out a gentle kingdom of dreams.
What are the wisest words you’ve heard about love?
“Love is home in a homeless world.”
What attracts you to each other’s art?
RM: Greta’s language is ascendant. She can start from something mundane and quickly rise into unexpected metaphors, and an unexpected use of words that makes the mundane suddenly magical. That’s what I’ve always wanted to do with language and she does it very naturally.
GB: Robert has the ability to talk everyone, his words are somehow always universal. It’s almost like poetry is a second language to Robert, it comes so naturally. He has an amazing way of looking at the sky and finding the sea in it.