He had found them and saved them for me.
When I arrived, from the other side
of the ocean he gave them to me.

———

In the mornings we said hello,
in the kitchen, bare feet
on cold stone floors,
we embraced each other awkwardly-
mother and son.

Sometimes we spoke about our dreams.
If I had a nightmare, he asked me not to tell
him what it was about, but shook his head-
we knew that they were frightening.

———-

We both watched words
that dangled from lines,
wanting to believe that they were floating-

instead of being held like marionettes
forced to dance, or put into boxes
like Petrouchka-with secret loves.

———-

At night the bats flew crookedly near
the window, as we watched, on edge
in case one accidentally flew into us.

———-

The skies leaned down,
the backs spasmed from the strain
of holding back storms.
The air was yellow from the bruising,
and the Tuscan landscape rolled in it.

———-

Later when I came back home,
I cut the quills to draw and write
with them.

Who changed your life?

Mr. Entwhistle, Mrs. Loenning, Barron Storey, David Brunn Perry, Frank Corsaro, Paul Thomas Anderson, Dr. Greenwald, Carolyn Conger, Kim Calder, Chiwan Choi, my children.

 
 

Who had a profound influence on you?

Ingmar Bergman, Federico Fellini, Ernest Hemingway, Jose Saramago, Joseph Campbell, Marie Louise von Franz, Vincent van Gogh, Sylvia Plath, John and Pauline Borking, Francisco Goya, the cave paintings.

Recently, I saw one of Cy Twombly’s “Leda and the Swan” paintings at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. It is a recent acquisition. as you ride up the escalator, there it is. It was one of those experiences, where suddenly everything makes sense.

 
 

What’s wrong?

There are so many people, things, situations that have inspired me, who made a difference. It is really not fair to have to narrow it down to just a few.

 
 

Get over it, this is an interview, please, just answer the questions.

Do you regret anything?

No.

 
 

No?

No.

 
 

Really?

Yes.

 
 

“Non, je ne regretted rien”?

Exactly.

 
 

I am not sure that is the truth.

(silence)

 
 

What do you love besides the obvious?

I like to watch the light change. I love watching it get dark.
I like watching shadows move. I like listening to the night.

 
 

What makes you laugh?

Lots of things.

 
 

Name one,

Silly things.

 
 

Like?

I don’t know? silly songs? my kids doing impersonations, especially of me.
Jack Black in “Nacho Libre”, cats jumping in the air, my dogs.

 
 

Ok, that’s enough.

How would you like to end this interview?

I would like to say that it was a pleasure.

 
 

But, that’s not really true is it?

I would like to say I look forward to the next interview,
when we live in Paris.

 
 

or Rome?