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There are some fine books and essays about that. Lewis Hyde has written about alcoholism and poets and the role that society gives its writers…
The decision for me was whether to have ‘The Father’ be a book that told a story – from the point of view of this…
The amount of horror one used to hear about in one village could be quite extreme. But one might not have heard about all the…
My poems – I don’t even like the sound of that, in a way. Not that anyone else wrote them. But we know that only…
Maybe we can use a metaphor for it, out of dance. I think for many years I was aware of the need, in dance and…
Many poets write books. They’ll tell you: Well, I’ve got my next book, but there are two poems I need to write, one about x,…
If I wrote in a sonnet form, I would be distorting. Or if I had some great new idea for line breaks and I used…
I’m not sure that the benefit – as a writer and as a citizen – that I would get from reading at least the front…
I think that there are fiction writers for whom that works well. I could never do it. I feel as if, by the time I…
When I quit all these things and said I didn’t have any time, I meant I didn’t have any time.
Well, ‘The Wellspring’ was written from 1983 to 1986. And it had a section in the beginning that was poems that began from others’ experience.
So I did quit coffee and I did quit smoking. But I haven’t managed that with drinking!
It might be a bad thing, not to know what’s going on in the world. I can’t say I really approve of it.
I’m probably so out of it at my age that I don’t know what people think.
I wish I wrote more about the world at more distance from myself.
I was very afraid that I wouldn’t be able to do this job well. And the time never came back.
I think this is true for all artists. My senses are very important to me.
I didn’t have time to sit down and look at the work of a year and choose what to type.
Their spirits and their visions are embodied in their craft. And so is mine. It’s not Jane Saw Puff. But the clarity of Jane Saw…
Well, one thing I’m really interested in, when I’m writing, is being accurate.
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