My mother carried on and supported us; her ambition had been to write poetry and songs.
If that voice that you created that is most alive in the poem isn’t carried throughout the whole poem, then I destroy where it’s not there, and I reconstruct it so that that voice is the dominant voice in the poem.
My temperament is not geared to that of a novelist.
I write what’s given me to write.
I’m saying look, here they come, pay attention. Let your eyes transform what appears ordinary, commonplace, into what it is, a moment in time, an observed fragment of eternity.
For sure I once thought of myself as the poet who would save the ordinary from oblivion.
I was very lucky to have a mother who encouraged me to become a poet.
Back then, I couldn’t have left a poem a year and gone back to it.
My father died when I was five, but I grew up in a strong family.
I realized poetry’s the thing that I can do ’cause I can stick at it and work with tremendous intensity.