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Listeners are kind of ambushed… if a poem just happens to be said when they’re listening to the radio. The listener doesn’t have time to…
The first line is the DNA of the poem; the rest of the poem is constructed out of that first line. A lot of it…
I write with a Uni-Ball Onyx Micropoint on nine-by-seven bound notebooks made by a Canadian company called Blueline. After I do a few drafts, I…
The poem is not, as someone put it, deflective of entry. But the real question is, ‘What happens to the reader once he or she…
There are interesting forms of difficulty, and there are unprofitable forms of difficulty. I mean, I enjoy some difficult poetry, but some of it is…
I’m trying to write poems that involve beginning at a known place, and ending up at a slightly different place. I’m trying to take a…
Often people, when they’re confronted with a poem, it’s like someone who keep saying ‘what is the meaning of this? What is the meaning of…
I think what gets a poem going is an initiating line. Sometimes a first line will occur, and it goes nowhere; but other times –…
Radio is such a perfect medium for the transmission of poetry, primarily because there just is the voice, there’s no visual distraction.
Humor, for me, is really a gate of departure. It’s a way of enticing a reader into a poem so that less funny things can…
Poetry is my cheap means of transportation. By the end of the poem the reader should be in a different place from where he started.…
I think my poems are slightly underrated by the word ‘accessible.’
The pen is an instrument of discovery rather than just a recording implement. If you write a letter of resignation or something with an agenda,…
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