The idea of how to read a poem is based on the idea that poetry needs you as a reader. That the experience of poetry, the meaning in poetry, is a kind of circuit that takes place between a poet, a poem and a reader, and that meaning doesn’t exist or inhere in poems alone.
As I remember, the first real poem I wrote was about the wheat fields between Spokane and Pullman, to the south.
In 1984, I turned to theater in the hopes of finding a more direct form of communication between me and my people.
Between good sense and good taste there lies the difference between a cause and its effect.
The relationship between the prophet and the President, the priest and the President, is a sacred one.
The difference between political terror and ordinary crime becomes clear during the change of regimes, in which former terrorists become well-regarded representatives of their country.
There’s an ancient tension between wanting to savor the world as it is and wanting to improve on the world as given.
The men and women who occupied the east coast of North America between 1607 and 1800 have been more closely scrutinized than any other collection of people in American history.
Libertarians recognize the difference between adults and children, as well as differences between normal adults and adults who are insane or mentally hindered or retarded.
I find there’s a thin, permeable membrane between journalism and history, and though some academic historians take a dim view of it, I gather a lot of strength and professional inspiration from passing back and forth across it.