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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.
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A poem in form still has to have voice, gesture, a sense of discovery, a metaphoric connection, as any poetry does.
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Alchemy is the art of far and near, and I think poetry is alchemy in that way. It's delightful to distort size, to see something that's tiny as though it were vast.
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Among the American contemporaries I read with most enjoyment are several North Carolinians. I think the best poetry being written these days is being written by Southerners.
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Because of the rapid development in western North Carolina, central New York looks more like the Blue Ridge area used to. So in many ways I feel at home up there.
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Browning... still interests people, but it is a dead art to some extent. It's a little bit like reading poetry in Latin: it's still great, but it's not something that engages a lot of people.
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Distance not only gives nostalgia, but perspective, and maybe objectivity.
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Fiction is about intimacy with characters, events, places.
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I considered going to film school; I took a course in film and was very interested in filmmaking as well as film writing.
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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.
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I don't think American poetry has gotten any better in the past 35 years. Oddly enough, creative writing programs seem to have been good for fiction, and I would not have predicted that.
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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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I don't think the creative writing industry has helped American poetry.
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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.
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I have both a poem and a story called Death Crown, written 15 years apart.
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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.
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I learned to impersonate the kind of person that talks about poetry. It comes from teaching, I think.
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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.
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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.
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I love to create interesting textures with language. You can do it as long as it seems like a discovery.
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I moved from Southern Appalachia to Northern Appalachia when I went to Cornell in 1971. The areas are similar in many ways, even in landscape.
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I seem to keep returning to my father in poems because his personality was so extreme, so driven. He did everything to excess.
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I tell students they will know they are getting somewhere when a scene is so painful they can just barely bring themselves to write about it. A writer has to draw blood.
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I think that it's more likely that in my 60s and 70s I will be writing poetry rather than fiction.
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I want to write a series of stories set in the Finger Lakes region. I have become interested in central New York history.
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I was struggling to find language that would carry the experience of the world, of things... finding a way to make language convey a sense of the world.
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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.
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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.
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If people associate me with a region, that's fine with me.
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If you are writing poetry as a young native of the mountains of North Carolina, you have very little sense of connection with a contemporary scene or an American tradition.
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If you get too far from a metrical tradition in poetry, you have lost an essence of poetry in English, I suspect.
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In the best fiction, the language itself can become almost invisible.
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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.
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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.
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It may be that there's a connection across time because of the isolation of western North Carolina.
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It was clearly a way to get some attention, to be a writer.
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It was less a literary thing than a linguistic, philosophical preoccupation... discovering how far you can go with language to create immediate, elementary experience.
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It's the sense of originality doing very old things that is most interesting.
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Maybe the example of Southern fiction writing has been so powerful that Southern poets have sort of keyed themselves to that.
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Neither of my parents has been very sensitive about my writing.
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One of the biggest changes that ever occurred in my life was going from the isolation of working part-time as a house painter in Henderson County, to Cornell, where everybody was a literary person.
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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.
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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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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.
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Part of what we love about poetry is the fact that it seems ancient, that it has an authority of ancient language and ancient form, and that it's timeless, that it reaches back.
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Philip Larkin has a tough honesty and sense of humor that I find irresistible, as a contemporary poet.
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Philosophical poems, I did not have the idea they would be spoken in American slang or anything like that.
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Poetry, almost by definition, calls attention to its language and form.
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Pound's translation of Chinese poetry was maybe the most important thing I read. Eliot a little bit later.
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Some people swear by writing courses, but whether it really helps American poetry, I have doubts.
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Some people want to call me an Appalachian writer, even though I know some people use regional labels to belittle.
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Some writers are associated with Concord, Massachusetts, or London, or Dublin, or with North Carolina.
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Southern poets are still writing narrative poems, poems in forms, dramatic poems.
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Teaching writing over the years intrudes on your own writing in important ways, taking away some of the excitement of poetry.
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The best books of our times have included the three mature volumes of Philip Larkin. They're very short books of poems, and very carefully arranged.
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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.
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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.
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The fact that something is in a rhymed form or in blank verse will not make it good poetry.
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The Governor recognizes writers from North Carolina.
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The great watershed of modern poetry is French, more than English.
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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.
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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.
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The young people have MTV and rock and roll. Why would they go to read poetry? Poetry belongs to the Stone Age. It awakens in us perceptions that go back to those times.
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We have a lot of long narrative poems written in the 20th century, but they're not very well known, and they're not read by very many people.
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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.
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When I read Baudelaire and Rimbaud and Nerval, I saw that was the gold standard. And I still think that.
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When I was a student at NC State, every weekend the Raleigh paper would feature another North Carolina writer.
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When people read a narrative, they want to concentrate on the character, on the action, and not on the Spenserian stanza, or whatever stanza.
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When you have an idea for a story, you want those characters to reach as many people as you can. I think you normally think of prose as a way of doing that. It fits our time, the culture.
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With prose you can incorporate more details, develop scenes, sustain the tension in a special way. Prose has its own speed.
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You have to really dive deep back into yourself and get rid of so much modern analytical categorization. It's one of the great things poetry does.
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Young writers find their first audience in little magazines, and experimental writers find their only audience there.
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Young writers only take off when they find their subjects. Since almost everyone has a family and stories about family, that is often a place to start.
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