Writers often have that one moment where they finally knew they’d “made it” — a story in the New Yorker, for instance, a poem in the Paris Review, or their first published book. What’s yours?

Why does poetry persist?

How do you know a poem is finished?

Choose one other poet. What’s one quality of their poetry you wish was in yours?

Is there such a thing as the perfect poem?

What’s the most misunderstood form of poetry? Can you offer a defence?

What’s more important, the first line of a poem or the last, and why?

Seamus Heaney once praised the rapper Eminem for his “verbal energy.” What 
are your thoughts on hip-hop?

What’s the largest audience you’ve ever read to?


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