If we think of what’s up ahead, with climate change and wars over water, it’s very frightening.
I’m always astonished by the confidence my readers put in me.
People often ask whether Obama passes the ‘kishka test:’ whether he likes Israel special, not in the same way he likes Taiwan or South Korea? Does he? I think the kishka test was decided when he visited Israel. I think the reaction there was emotional and genuine.
The moment of inspiration can come from memory, or language, or the imagination, or experience – anything that makes an impression forcibly enough for language to form.
The frail, vulnerable sounds of which we are capable seem to be essential to a later ability to roar like a lion without scaring everyone to death.
Christmas is taken very seriously in this household. I believe in Father Christmas, and there’s no way I’d do anything to undermine that belief.
By definition, poetry works with qualities and dynamics that mainstream society is reluctant to face head-on. It’s an interesting phenomenon that by necessity, poetry is just below the radar.
Everyone, red state, blue state, everyone supports space exploration.
I like to regard myself as someone who’s capable of critical thought, that is to say, who can evaluate claims.
I was 40 years old before I became an overnight success, and I’d been publishing for 20 years.