The long term versus the short term argument is one used by losers.
Meet some people who care about poetry the way you do. You’ll have that readership. Keep going until you know you’re doing work that’s worthy. And then see what happens. That’s my advice.
Save for the wild force of Nature, nothing moves in this world that is not Greek in its origin.
Winning the Revolutionary War, or the Civil War, or World War II were the turning points in our history, the sine qua non of our forward progress.
But most commonly, it’s one poem that I work on with a lot of intensity.
The more sophisticated we get, the more advanced our buildings and vehicles become, the more vulnerable we are.
I started listening to music when I wrote when I had three sons at home.
I listen to jazz about three hours a day. I love Louis Armstrong.
I have a sense that many Americans, especially those like me with European or foreign parents, feel they have to invent their families just as they have to invent themselves.
There are many more want-to-be writers out there than good editors.