If you have a dog, and you’re a person whose moods are constantly changing, there’s a moment when you look at the dog, and you feel bad for them because they’re attached to you, and so it’s funny for the dog to vocalize those things in some ways.
As things get worse, poetry gets better because it becomes more necessary.
When we have relationships with animals, we often make up who they are.
Poetry always, always, always is a key piece of democracy.
The poet is like the earth’s shadow. The sun moves, and the poet writes something down.
Sunday is a likely day to write a poem. Because poetry is a piece of language flying around: you’ll find notebooks, something on your phone. It’s about finding them and getting them off that crumpled piece of paper and onto my computer.
Dogs are a companion species. It’s about time – you have an animal for about 15, 16 years, a generation. That time holds so much. You might have had five or six relationships with human beings but one dog.
Older men get lovable, and older women get monstrous.
I’ve had a lifelong waiting-for-the-other-shoe-to-drop feeling when something good happens.
I tend to view my life as an accident, almost as a dream.