Distance not only gives nostalgia, but perspective, and maybe objectivity.
One of the most powerful devices is to distort time, to go from human time to atomic time, geologic time. Sometimes you can actually accomplish that, with one unexpected word choice.
I encourage students to pursue an idea far enough so they can see what the cliches and stereotypes are. Only then do they begin to hit pay dirt.
I learned to impersonate the kind of person that talks about poetry. It comes from teaching, I think.
I seem to keep returning to my father in poems because his personality was so extreme, so driven. He did everything to excess.
I think that it's more likely that in my 60s and 70s I will be writing poetry rather than fiction.
If people associate me with a region, that's fine with me.
In the best fiction, the language itself can become almost invisible.
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 don't think the creative writing industry has helped American poetry.
I considered going to film school; I took a course in film and was very interested in filmmaking as well as film writing.
A poem in form still has to have voice, gesture, a sense of discovery, a metaphoric connection, as any poetry does.
Fiction is about intimacy with characters, events, places.
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.
If a poem is not memorable, there's probably something wrong. One of the problems of free verse is that much of the free verse poetry is not memorable.
I did not have a very literary background. I came to poetry from the sciences and mathematics, and also through an interest in Japanese and Chinese poetry in translation.
A lot of my students are Asian-American, and it has been thrilling to watch them break through the stereotypes into something alive and surprising.
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 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.
The great watershed of modern poetry is French, more than English.
Pound's translation of Chinese poetry was maybe the most important thing I read. Eliot a little bit later.
In the late 60s and early 70s, I did get interested in voices, and in narration and embodying the voice, making the poem sound like a real person talking.
The Black Mountain poet I like most is the early Creeley. Those early poems seem very lyrical and very traditional, with a lot of voice and character.
I write as a way of keeping myself going. You build your life around writing, and it's what gets you through. So it's partly just curiosity to see what you can do.
One of the most powerful devices of poetry is the use of distortions. You can go from talking about the way a minute passes to the way a century passes, or a lifetime.
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