I just think that some version of the past in our culture is going to rise up and become dominant.
I think poetry has lost an awful lot of its muscle because nobody knows any. Nobody has to memorize poetry.
My friends never talk to me about my poetry because they're embarrassed that I write it or they're embarrassed by what I write about which are not such extraordinarily terrifying things, but they are the state of human existence.
The trouble with the performance poets is that they don't seem to have read anything. So there is not a real sense of the poetic tradition in their work.
It is very difficult for people to come in contact with their own emotions and their own sensibilities.
For instance, it's a little better now than it was two or three years ago, but something like 70% of the poems I receive seem to be written in the present indicative.
The problem, for me, with the writing programs is that they produce a terrible uniformity of product.
Poetry was invented as an mnemonic device to enable people to remember their prayers.
Poetry is composing for the breath.
Dealing with poetry is a daunting task, simply because the reason one does it as an editor at all is because one is constantly coming to terms with one's own understanding of how to understand the world.
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