My father read poetry to me, encouraged me to memorize poems. But the writing of it was quite a different thing.
All moral laws are merely statements that certain kinds of actions will have good effects.
When you begin to write poems because you love language, because you love poetry. Something happens that makes you write poems. And the writing of poems is incredibly pleasurable and addictive.
A great artist is always before his time or behind it.
Sometimes you have a poem that you really want to write and it never happens.
If you spend your whole life being depressed about life, you’re wasting it.
The lot of critics is to be remembered by what they failed to understand.
I tended to write poems about both social and spiritual problems, and some problems one doesn’t really want to solve, and so the problems themselves are solved. You certainly don’t want to solve problems in poems that haven’t been solved in the world.
One becomes a grandfather and one sees the world a little differently. Certainly the world becomes a more vulnerable place when one has a grandchild, or now I have two. And I think that possibly there’s some tenderness that came out of just time and age and being a parent and grandparent.
Poems have a different music from ordinary language, and every poem has a different kind of music of necessity, and that’s, in a way, the hardest thing about writing poetry is waiting for that music, and sometimes you never know if it’s going to come.