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.
In the past, poetry came in the form of spells and chants used to effect change.
The experiment of the poem is mostly intuitive. I write the first draft, pulling in the various elements that interest me, in the hope that their being combined will lead to some kind of insight.
I have been told by a member of the board of one of Canada's most prominent literary magazines that a submission of mine once caused a great deal of controversy.
Some readers allow their prejudices to blind them. A good reader knows how to disregard inappropriate responses.
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.
Who is the ideal reader? God only knows.
I consider a poem to be a kind of experiment where a number of elements are brought together under test conditions to see how they will interact to create meaning or relevance.
I have become intrigued with the combining of seemingly unrelated ideas or images, or the drawing upon the many, sometimes dissimilar, meanings a word might have.
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.
The reader's challenge is to replicate the experiment by reading the poem and to draw their own conclusions.
Reading should be a repeat performance.
Most victims of my autobiographical verse are either far too polite, remarkably understanding unaware that I have written poems about them.
I sometimes like to tinker with poems that have failed, ones that I have sent aside. Even years afterward, I will revisit them if there is something about them that I cannot give up on.
I became intrigued with colour theory. The absurd pronouncements of the Colour Institute, a group that decides what colours are hot each year or season, amused me.
A literary journal is intended to connect writer with reader; the role of the editor is to mediate.
I find it exhausting to administer a magazine without an office or paid staff.
Poets can't resist the dramatic pull of their lives and so inevitably write autobiographical verse.
The poet must decide not to impose his feelings in order to write without sentimentality.
I feel very connected to poets across the country.