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?