Distance not only gives nostalgia, but perspective, and maybe objectivity.
I love chapbooks. They're in some ways the ideal form in which to publish and read poems. You can read 19 poems in a way you can't sit down and read 60 to 70 pages of poems.
I don't know about the rest of the folks, but I won't be ready for a golf tournament in 30 days.
What actually makes poetry poetry is of course impossible to define. We recognize it when we hear it, when we see it, but we can't define it.
Southern poets are still writing narrative poems, poems in forms, dramatic poems.
There's a lot to be said for creating a favorable work culture when you're competing against the security of a larger corporation.
I have taught students from the New York City area so long I have a special affinity and rapport with them. It surprises me sometimes that there are students from anywhere else.
It's one of the ways employees deal with work-life balance issues.
Maybe the example of Southern fiction writing has been so powerful that Southern poets have sort of keyed themselves to that.
I considered going to film school; I took a course in film and was very interested in filmmaking as well as film writing.
The Language Poets are writing only about language itself. The Ashbery poets are writing only about poetry itself. That seems to me a kind of dead end.
Part of the pleasure of being a writer is that you get to go to unexpected places. If a place sounds interesting, I like to go.
We felt like we had to buy some time. I sure am glad I'm not playing this week. The course is ready, it's in good shape. It's just the whole mental attitude of people. We are just so inundated. Everybody is tired and overworked. I just don't think, psychologically, the people in this area are ready to support a golf tournament. And buying the extra 30 days is going to make all the difference in the world.
A poem in form still has to have voice, gesture, a sense of discovery, a metaphoric connection, as any poetry does.
The decision to write in prose instead of poetry is made more by the readers than by writers. Almost no one is interested in reading narrative in verse.
When I read Baudelaire and Rimbaud and Nerval, I saw that was the gold standard. And I still think that.
I love to compare different time frames. Poetry can evoke the time of the subject. By a very careful choice of words you can evoke an era, completely throw the poem into a different time scale.
We would like to put people's minds at ease as to whether the petroleum business is responding to circumstances that are beyond its control, or if there is an element of greed in the recent price increases,
Jim, you told me years ago you had sexual feelings for them,
Our most famous writers are Faulkner and Eudora Welty and Flannery O'Connor. It would make sense that the poetry would reflect some of those same values, some of the same techniques.
The idea of avant-garde art is a very suspicious thing to me, the idea that poetry is new and it keeps being new the way Chevrolets every year are new.
We made some tough decisions and now we need to stick to them and hope for better times. We cant let emotions get in the way of decisions.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner every day. It seems like the better we feed them, the more creative they are.
I seem to keep returning to my father in poems because his personality was so extreme, so driven. He did everything to excess.
Some people want to call me an Appalachian writer, even though I know some people use regional labels to belittle.
In the later books I am much more at home in the use of language to describe things. I had never thought of that until a critic pointed that out.
I like to just walk the ground of place I'm writing about.
Some people swear by writing courses, but whether it really helps American poetry, I have doubts.
When we examined budget issues last year, we realized if we kept going the way we were going, we would have to increase taxes 28 percent over four years and we had to look at ways to compromise.
I don't think poetry is something that can be taught. We can encourage young writers, but what you can't teach them is the very essence of poetry.
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