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I liked the kid who wrote me that he had to do a term paper on a modern poet and he was doing me because, though they say you have to read poems twice, he found he could handle mine in one try.
I like all my children, even the squat and ugly ones.
I have a plot, but not much happens.
I do insist on making what I hope is sense so there's always a coherent narrative or argument that the reader can follow.
I am not at all clear what free verse is anymore. That's one of the things you learn not to know.
For a Jewish Puritan of the middle class, the novel is serious, the novel is work, the novel is conscientious application why, the novel is practically the retail business all over again.
A teacher is a person who never says anything once.
A lot happens by accident in poetry.
The secrets of success are a good wife and a steady job. My wife told me.
History is one of those marvelous and necessary illusions we have to deal with. It's one of the ways of dealing with our world with impossible generalities which we couldn't live without.
I think there was a revolution in poetry, associated chiefly with Eliot and Pound; but maybe it is of the nature of revolutions or of the nature of history that their innovations should later come to look trivial or indistinguishable from technical tricks.
A chronicle is very different from history proper.
I would talk in iambic pentameter if it were easier.
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