People don't always realize that my parents shared a sense of intellectual curiosity and a love of reading and of history.
I don't remember my father reading to me, but I remember him telling me bedtime stories. I got to pick what was in them, and then he'd make them up.
I grew up in a household where reading was encouraged. My mother believed in the power of words, and my father obviously did too.
I never thought I'd be doing poetry books. I never really studied poetry. But the first one I did was after my mother died, and I realized that people sort of think and talk about her style and fashion, but in fact, what made her the person she was was really her love of reading and ideas.
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