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.
Poetry is for me Eucharistic. You take someone else’s suffering into your body, their passion comes into your body, and in doing that you commune, you take communion, you make a community with others.
Mostly, when I travel, I want to represent my own work well and let others know how I feel about poetry being an important part of life.
Nobody sounds good writing about your divorce, let’s face it.