I very much wished not to be noticed, and to be left alone, and I sort of succeeded.
When it's over, I want to say: all my life I was a bride married to amazement. I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.
I worked privately, and sometimes I feel that might be better for poets than the kind of social workshop gathering. My school was the great poets: I read, and I read, and I read.
We all have a hungry heart, and one of the things we hunger for is happiness. So as much as I possibly could, I stayed where I was happy.
It's very important to write things down instantly, or you can lose the way you were thinking out a line. I have a rule that if I wake up at 3 in the morning and think of something, I write it down. I can't wait until morning - it'll be gone.
I consider myself kind of a reporter - one who uses words that are more like music and that have a choreography. I never think of myself as a poet: I just get up and write.
One thing I do know is that poetry, to be understood, must be clear.
People want poetry. They need poetry. They get it. They don't want fancy work.
Poetry isn't a profession, it's a way of life. It's an empty basket: you put your life into it and make something out of that.
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