I wasn’t afraid of being poor. I didn’t want to live in a big house. I’m the perfect size for poetry. I can move around.
Weirdly, the past starts to be about something else. It becomes about style in a way that it wasn’t about, and I don’t mean writing style, but cultural style.
I really just love reading. It’s my favorite thing, performing my poems live. Reading by reading, I just kind of follow my nose.
The first time I voted, I voted for Eugene McCarthy and I knew he wouldn’t win, but it felt so great to vote for him, to vote for the right guy – the one who wanted peace.
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.