About making love Hemingway said, “It’s always the same but always different.” Poets might say the same about how they write.
Many creatures populate my new book, The Boxer of Quirinal, but today I’m thinking of the singularly impressive albatross.
I’ve been wondering why no one is writing verse drama these days. Writing stage plays in verse is as old as literature itself.
“I had the pleasure and honor of asking John if there is a perfect time to write, what the word poetry means to him, his role as President of the Poetry Foundation, and so much more.”
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“The Road Not Taken” is one of the most-read poems by one of America’s most-read poets. It’s easy to see why. All of us have stood where Robert Frost stood to consider our major choices in life. Whom shall I marry? What will my life’s work be? But for me, at this moment, it brings to mind two great poets who chose different paths, and how that turned out.
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Poetry and personal responsibility has always been a troubling issue for me — and for anyone, I think, who tries to reconcile the lives of poets with their poems.
It’s the stuff of bad dreams. It comes to us again with the second Titanic sinking. There is no such punishment in Dante’s Inferno, but it lives in other poems. And it goes to sea with every sailor.
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