(…) It’s hard to live fully in the present, as Gertrude Stein once put it; so often we confuse what is new to us with what is genuine news. Young men in Seattle nowadays are wearing red trousers and preening and looking smug, as if they were breakthrough fierce fashionistas. But you saw men in Paris wearing exactly the same thing twenty years ago.
I want people to read my book and then put it aside and seek out the poetry to which I’ve introduced them. Then I want them to search out more and newer poetry. I want my scholarship to be a gateway drug. (…)