Good writing gives energy, whatever it is about.
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I wonder what it means about American literary culture and its transmission when I consider the number of American poets who earn their living teaching creative writing in universities. I've ended up doing that myself.
I have experienced healing through other writers' poetry, but there's no way I can sit down to write in the hope a poem will have healing potential. If I do, I'll write a bad poem.
I don't think it's by accident that I was first attracted to translating two French women poets.
We sometimes received - and I would read - 200 manuscripts a week. Some of them were wonderful, some were terrible; most were mediocre. It was like the gifts of the good and bad fairies.
Various on-line discussion groups are ways to find out about books and writers that one might have remained ignorant of otherwise.
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An orator without judgment is a horse without a bridle.