The future of publishing lies with the small and medium-sized presses, because the big publishers in New York are all part of huge conglomerates.
I think my very best work came out when I was about 60, not when I was 20. I was publishing all the time when I was in my 20s, and some of those poems I still like. And there were a few after 60, and in my 70s, that I like. But they became fewer and fewer.
I always tell students that writing a poem and publishing it are two quite separate things, and you should write what you have to write, and if you’re afraid it’s going to upset someone, don’t publish it.
We have a massive system to regulate creativity. A massive system of lawyers regulating creativity as copyright law has expanded in unrecognizable forms, going from a regulation of publishing to a regulation of copying.
I want to keep publishing books, and writing and spreading my heartsong through the world.
I was 40 years old before I became an overnight success, and I’d been publishing for 20 years.