I love argument, I love debate. I don’t expect anyone just to sit there and agree with me, that’s not their job.
I love Wagner, but the music I prefer is that of a cat hung up by its tail outside a window and trying to stick to the panes of glass with its claws.
I love not man the less, but Nature more.
Not where I breathe, but where I love, I live; Not where I love, but where I am, I die.
I love to reread, even more than I like to read, so keeping a hold of books that I adore is very important, although they flee from me – they are always fleeing.
I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels.
I love chapbooks. They’re in some ways the ideal form in which to publish and read poems. You can read 19 poems in a way you can’t sit down and read 60 to 70 pages of poems.
I love you when you bow in your mosque, kneel in your temple, pray in your church. For you and I are sons of one religion, and it is the spirit.
I love painting and music, of course. I don’t know nearly as much about them as I know about poetry. I’ve certainly been influenced by fiction. I was overwhelmed by War and Peace when I read it, and I didn’t read it until I was in my late 20s.
I love form, but I’m not interested in forms. I’ve never written a sonnet or villanelle or sestina or any of that. For me, it’s a kind of line. It’s a rhythm. It’s something musical.