I used to have a great love for Dostoyevsky and Tolstoy, the big boys of the last century.
All I write about is what's happened to me and to people I know, and the better I know them, the more likely they are to be written about.
However, I learned something. I thought that if the young person, the student, has poetry in him or her, to offer them help is like offering a propeller to a bird.
And some poets are far better read off the page because they're very bad speakers. I'm thinking of one in particular whom I won't name, a good poet, and he reads in such a dry, boring way, your eyes start drooping.
Joan D. Vinge