We're all taking on too much, we're all asking too much of ourselves. We're all wishing we could do more, and therefore just doing more.
This creature of the poem may assemble itself into a being with its own centrifugal force.
There are some fine books and essays about that. Lewis Hyde has written about alcoholism and poets and the role that society gives its writers - encouraging them to die.
Their spirits and their visions are embodied in their craft. And so is mine. It's not Jane Saw Puff. But the clarity of Jane Saw Puff is precious to me.
The older I get, the more I feel almost beautiful.
It might be a bad thing, not to know what's going on in the world. I can't say I really approve of it.
If I wrote in a sonnet form, I would be distorting. Or if I had some great new idea for line breaks and I used it in a poem, but it's really not right for that poem, but I wanted it, that would be distorting.
I'm probably so out of it at my age that I don't know what people think.
I think this is true for all artists. My senses are very important to me.
Everyone is so different. I sometimes wish I wrote in a different way. You know, that feeling of So-and-so writes slowly, if only I wrote slowly.
Because a poem is not written while running or while answering the phone. It's written in whatever minutes one has. Sometimes you have half an hour.
When I quit all these things and said I didn't have any time, I meant I didn't have any time.
The amount of horror one used to hear about in one village could be quite extreme. But one might not have heard about all the other villages' horrors at the same time.
I think that there are fiction writers for whom that works well. I could never do it. I feel as if, by the time I see that it's a poem, it's almost written in my head somewhere.
I didn't have time to sit down and look at the work of a year and choose what to type.
At one point I took on a new job, and I just didn't have time to do anything but work.
I think that my work is easy to understand because I am not a thinker, I am not a... How can I put it I write the way I perceive, I guess.
Well, one thing I'm really interested in, when I'm writing, is being accurate.
Who wants to put together something that will bear some relationship to the vision or memory or experience or story or idea or dream or whatever.
I wish I wrote more about the world at more distance from myself.
Maybe we can use a metaphor for it, out of dance. I think for many years I was aware of the need, in dance and in life, to breathe deeply and to take in more air than we usually take in.
The teaching is very rewarding, and very time-consuming, and very exhausting. But it's wonderful. The community here at NYU is very precious to me.
So I did quit coffee and I did quit smoking. But I haven't managed that with drinking
My poems - I don't even like the sound of that, in a way. Not that anyone else wrote them. But we know that only people who are really close to us care about our personal experience.
Every poet I know - although there may be some I don't know who lead very different lives, who maybe live in the country and don't teach - tends to be just like the rest of us just really busy, really overcommitted.