"A perfect example of the new republic's urge to drape itself with the togas of classical respectability."
"I don't look on poetry as closed works. I feel they're going on all the time in my head and I occasionally snip off a length."
"I don't want to read what is going to slide down easily; there has to be some crunch, a certain amount of resilience."
"I like poems you can tack all over with a hammer and there are no hollow places."
"I write with experiences in mind, but I don't write about them, I write out of them."