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VALENTINE’S & WORTHY SUBJECTS I’m blogging on Valentine’s week without the merest nod to the Valentine. But here is something about poetry and the heart. * * * I think I may have failed to write a book I was meant to write. The man I live with was in a dark, angry mood--this happens to some people in life--and I wrote a set of poems while that was going on. One was “Neck,” one was “Wood”--they were expressions of the dark experience I was living through. They were about bad love. Very unusual for me, I sent them out... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2013 at The Best American Poetry
SELF-INTERVIEW IV WRITING “NIGHT THOUGHTS” (night thoughts: 70 dreams & notes from an analysis was published last month by Knopf.) I’ve always told myself that, as a poet, I’m only waiting and listening. However, making night thoughts wasn’t like that. I did a long analysis, studying my dreams--it lasted ten years. The dreamwork, the practice of free-associating from dreams, fascinated me. It was both anguishing and liberating. Urged by an agent, I set out to write a book about the experience. I studied my notebooks and journals; I selected the important dreams; I began to write. I planned to describe... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2013 at The Best American Poetry
SELF-INTERVIEW (Interviewing myself) WEDNESDAY CRYING & LAUGHING; HOW I WROTE SONO For a year or so after I wrote Visits from the Seventh I tried to write the same book again in other words. The poems came out as polite imitations of the ones I had already written. I was trying too hard, for one thing. Then I had a handful of pieces I began to write over and over again, moving the words around on the page and trying again. They seemed stiff and pompous, and not much like Visits. By now I was in Rome and for months... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2013 at The Best American Poetry
MUSE, MUSES & CHANNELING HOW I WROTE “VISITS FROM THE SEVENTH" During the years that I was writing Visits from the Seventh I experienced myself as channeling. I said this in an interview at the time it was published: I’m channeling voices. I met Timothy Donnelly at a party in Soho, and he said he enjoyed the notion of “visits” as a conceit, but he was not prepared to accept that as a record of reality. These are my words but his gist. I wrote with pencil or pen on a sheet of lined paper, letting my hand go. It... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2013 at The Best American Poetry
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Feb 11, 2013
Hello. My new book, night thoughts: 70 dream poems & notes from an analysis, has just appeared, and I’m feeling thoughtful and nostalgic. I’ve decided to write here this week about my writing life--I'll start very young, with reading-- BEING & READING Everyone else was buzzing around: did they care if I was talking or what I was talking about? Maybe I was the only one needing a book to read: I need a book! I had read all the books. Then books arrived in the mail for my age group, 7, but they were baby books, with a line... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2013 at The Best American Poetry
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Feb 10, 2013