When I was young, I wrote everything, and I thought I would be an all around writer, that I would write everything.
Someone who’s awake in the middle of the night is a soul consciousness when everyone else is asleep, and that creates a feeling of solitude in poetry that I very much like.
When I taught at the University of Houston in the Creative Writing program, we required the poets to take workshops in fiction writing, and we required the fiction writers to take workshops in poetry.
Poetry takes courage because you have to face things and you try to articulate how you feel.
I aspire to a poetry of great formal integrity, deep passion and high intellect, and I have many models for how to do that.