It’s always good to show that poetry isn’t the little depressed lyric people believe it to be, that it’s something bigger.
When I began, poetry was very academic. You published little pamphlets from fancy presses. It was rather… chaste. There wasn’t much public reading. Then there was poetry and jazz, which I don’t think worked, though I love jazz.
Hmmm. I think a lot of people can write poems that are howls of anguish. I think I’ve probably written such things and then torn them up.