It's enormously cheering to get a good review by someone who seems to understand your work.
I certainly have the feeling that I'm the same person even though I've changed a great deal.
Certainly, it seems true enough that there's a good deal of irony in the world... I mean, if you live in a world full of politicians and advertising, there's obviously a lot of deception.
When you finish a poem, it clicks shut like the top of a jewel box, but prose is endless. I haven't experienced an awful lot of clicking shut!
As for political poetry, as it's usually defined, it seems there's very little good political poetry.
Picasso said once when being interviewed that one should not be one's own connoisseur.
As I look over my work, I mean every time I look over my early work, I see, yes, I could do that then and then I could do that and that... That may be the hardest thing for a writer, at least for a poet, to tell what the identity of his work is.
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.
Politics is there the way men and women are there, the way the Atlantic Ocean is there. Sometimes I've written about politics specifically, I mean about politics as it's understood on television and in newspapers.
I never thought of myself as a New York poet or as an American poet.
It's a well known thing that ordinary perceptions can have a strange aspect when one is travelling.
Maybe there are three or four really good poets in a generation.
The subject matter of the stories on the surface... there seem to be a number of stories about travel.
I was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. My family was not nationally known as being a literary family, though my mother and my mother's side of the family in general were interested in literature.
I'm a writer who likes to be influenced.
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