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They need to learn poetry. They don’t need to learn about poetry. They don’t need to be told how to interpret poetry. They don’t need…
The relation between a poet and audience is really insignificant. What matters is the poet is hearing something that he is broadcasting. And whether there…
The more poetry you have in the head, the more poetry you will understand because you will be getting to the roots of what it…
People are talking about the Internet as though it is going to change the world. It’s not going to change the world. It’s not going…
My friends never talk to me about my poetry because they’re embarrassed that I write it or they’re embarrassed by what I write about which…
In order to understand what they need to understand, in order to write what they write, they have to be free. And yet, they aren’t…
I would like to be proud of having written some poems that will be remembered, but I will never know whether I will have any…
For instance, it’s a little better now than it was two or three years ago, but something like 70% of the poems I receive seem…
Every so often I find some poems that are too good for the readers of The Atlantic because they are a little too involved with…
Dealing with poetry is a daunting task, simply because the reason one does it as an editor at all is because one is constantly coming…
But for me, being an editor I’ve been an editor of all kinds of books being an editor of poetry has been the way in…
The trouble with the performance poets is that they don’t seem to have read anything. So there is not a real sense of the poetic…
But there is some way in which poets believe that and this is dangerous, too believe that their calling gives them a certain freedom. A…
The reason one writes poems is so that your poem will be remembered.
Poetry should be able to reach everybody, and it should be able to appeal to all levels of understanding.
Poetry is composing for the breath.
It is a way we reassess our past. We can do that in poetry in ways we can’t do in prose.
In my youth, I found that I was quite often inspired and pushed forward by what I read.
If poets were realistic, they wouldn’t be poets.
If I were brave enough to say so, I’d like to think that I had written some poems that people are not going to forget.
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