If you go into a bar in most places in America and even say the word poetry, you’ll probably get beaten up. But poetry is a really strong, beautiful form to me, and a lot of innovation in language comes from poetry.
Poets are always ahead of things in a certain way, their sense of language and their vision.
I think of poets as outlaw visionaries in a way.
I’m not a journalist. I don’t have a catalogue of questions. I come in and I don’t have any questions at all. You have to assess the situation instantly. You have to find the right tone instantly because you have fifty minutes and that’s that.