Poetry is but another form of inquiry into the nature of phenomena, using with its own unique procedures and tools.
My obsession with time informs my poetry so completely it is hard for me to summarize it. We want time to pass, for new things to happen to us, we want to hold on to certain moments, we don't want our lives to end.
The point of an experiment is not to arrive at a predetermined end point, to prove or disprove anything, but to deliver a poem that reveals much about the process taken.
In the past, poetry came in the form of spells and chants used to effect change.
I have always been very obsessed with time. Time's passage makes us all very vulnerable and because we all experience it in our own way, it can make us feel very alone.
We are comfortable with the fact that we cannot know personally what happened in the world before we were born, yet we are uncomfortable with the notion that we will stop engaging with time at some point in the future.
You can never step into the same book twice, because you are different each time you read it.
The poet must decide not to impose his feelings in order to write without sentimentality.
Writing can sometimes be exploitative. I like to take a few steps of remove in order to respect the privacy of the subject. If readers make the link, they have engaged with the poem.
An experienced reader uses the poem as an agent of inquiry. This makes poetry very exciting, unstable, and interactive.
If poetry alters the way in which the reader views the world, then it has had its desired effect.
Sometimes poetry is inspired by the conversation entered into by reading other poems.
The community of poets I belong to is not as close as it used to be, if only for the fact that our lives have become busier: jobs, children, and the like.
Reading should be a repeat performance.
The reader's challenge is to replicate the experiment by reading the poem and to draw their own conclusions.