I have felt at times with groups of children that I was really being what every poet would like to be – a bard in the old sense.
To Tennessee Williams we owe a special debt. In a tragic age, he has transformed loneliness by naming it for us, suffered sordidness with beauty, graced poor hurt lives with love and pity.
To the poet, his travels, his adventures, his loves, his indignations are finally resolved in verse, and this, in the end becomes his permanent, indestructible life.
I have always used a great variety of verse forms, especially in my poetry for children. I believe that poetry begins in childhood and that a poet who can remember his own childhood exactly can, and should, communicate to children.
A fresh and vigorous weed, always renewed and renewing, it will cut its wondrous way through rubbish and rubble.
I believe that poetry should communicate.
For every artist, experience is never complete until it has been reproduced in creative work.
I still use a typewriter from time to time, but because I can’t type as well as I used to, I really don’t use one very much.