I need to reach beyond interior decoration, biography. Art is a way of melting out through one's skin. "What, who is this about?" is not the essential question. A poem is not about; it is out of and to. Passionate language in movement. The deep structure is always musical, and physical -- as breath, as pulse
It took me a long time, and many false starts, to find my way to a project where I felt that same synthesis of subject and psychological state again. And when they come together, the writing itself changes: It doesn’t feel like work, it doesn’t feel like sentences in a holding pattern. It’s just necessity.
The question of why a writer can make the words on the page come to felt life in one genre but not another--why the gift of expressiveness is extended here while that of appreciation goes there--this question remains unanswerable. For the reader, it is only necessary that gift there be--the one that makes us feel alive to literature and ourselves when subject, writer, and form are brilliantly matched.