I think reading Shakespeare's plays when I was young was extremely important. He had the ability to make utter strangers come alive.
There are distinct duties of a poet laureate. I plan a reading series at the Library of Congress and advise the librarian. The rest is how I want to promote poetry
If they don't read, if they don't love reading; if they don't find themselves compulsively reading, I don't think they're really a writer
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