The reason one writes poems is so that your poem will be remembered.
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 is anybody with a receiver isn't the reason he does it. He hopes there is somebody receiving it.
It is very difficult for people to come in contact with their own emotions and their own sensibilities.
But poetry is my life. Poetry is what matters to me.
Frost is the most sophisticated of poets.
I just think that some version of the past in our culture is going to rise up and become dominant.
I think poetry has lost an awful lot of its muscle because nobody knows any. Nobody has to memorize poetry.
Poetry should be able to reach everybody, and it should be able to appeal to all levels of understanding.
The problem, for me, with the writing programs is that they produce a terrible uniformity of product.
There are so many things that poetry is about, one of which is memory.
And there are a lot more people reading poetry, but there are not so many people reading an individual poet.
I like poems that are complex.
I like poems that are little games.
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.
If poets were realistic, they wouldn't be poets.
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