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It's enormously cheering to get a good review by someone who seems to understand your work.
It's a well known thing that ordinary perceptions can have a strange aspect when one is travelling.
It takes a long time to publish a book.
It seems everything is so full of possibilities one can hardly take it all in.
I've had trouble with criticism, I guess. It's hard to know what role criticism plays in either encouraging poets or in getting other people to read them.
I'm a writer who likes to be influenced.
I wonder if I ever thought of an ideal reader... I guess when I was in my 20s and in New York and maybe even in my early 30s, I would write for my wife Janice... mainly for my poet friends and my wife, who was very smart about poetry.
I was influenced by surrealist poetry and painting as were thousands of other people, and it seems to me to have become a part of the way I write, but it's not.
I was excited by what my painter friends were doing, and they seemed to be interested in our poetry too, and that was a wonderful little, fizzy sort of world.
I was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. My family was not nationally known as being a literary family, though my mother and my mother's side of the family in general were interested in literature.
I never thought of myself as a New York poet or as an American poet.
I love painting and music, of course. I don't know nearly as much about them as I know about poetry. I've certainly been influenced by fiction. I was overwhelmed by War and Peace when I read it, and I didn't read it until I was in my late 20s.
I got married, other people went off. We had sort of another public-we were our entire readership for many years, and we were very excited by each other.
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