What’s the difference between poetry and other writing?
Poetry is writing minus the traffic lights, bridges, and boring parts.
What’s a poet?
A poet condenses long strings of thought in a top hat, finds unlikely associations, pulls these figurative rabbits out of the hat for an audience that rarely claps, and then cries because nobody’s clapping.
What should a poet be?
A magician okay with not receiving applause.
What should a poem be?
That figurative rabbit who, having emerged from the hat, now writes its own poem.
What’s the funniest thing about being a poet?
What’s the saddest thing about being a poet?
That no matter how ravishing the rabbit pulled from the hat, the poet always knows there are better rabbits in there.
What’s the best thing about being a poet?
Not having to follow the rules of writing.
If you weren’t a poet, what would you be?
If poetry were a film, which would it be?
If your poetry were a film, which would it be?
If you were a film, which would you be?
A Streetcar Named Desire
What poems would you like to see sleep together?
“Lady Lazarus” and “Howl”
What makes a life changing poem?
A poem that makes you re-see what you thought you’d already seen, and maybe even seen so many times you stopped seeing it, but this poem makes you see it again, and then see it better.
Why are you interviewing yourself?
Because I’m lonely and strange.
Are all poets lonely and strange?