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'Of the individual poems, some are more lyric and some are more descriptive or narrative. Each poem is fixed in a moment. All those moments written or read together take on the movement and architecture of a narrative.'


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'I started to send my work to journals when I was 26, which was just a question of when I got the courage up. They were mostly journals I had been reading for the previous six or seven years.'


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'You are almost not free, if you are teaching a group of graduate students, to become friends with one of them. I don't mean anything erotically charged, just a friendship.'


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'My mother was told she couldn't go to medical school because she was a woman and a Jew. So she became a teacher in the New York City public school system.'


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'Everyone thinks they're going to write one book of poems or one novel.'


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'Translation is an interestingly different way to be involved both with poetry and with the language that I've found myself living in much of the time. I think the two feed each other.'


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'I have experienced healing through other writers' poetry, but there's no way I can sit down to write in the hope a poem will have healing potential. If I do, I'll write a bad poem.'


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'When you translate poetry in particular, you're obliged to look at how the writer with whom you're working puts together words, sentences, phrases, the triple tension between the line of verse, the syntax and the sentence.'


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'Poetry seems to have been eliminated as a literary genre, and installed instead, as a kind of spiritual aerobic exercise - nobody need read it, but anybody can do it.'


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'Clearly, once the student is no longer a student the possibilities of relationship are enlarged.'


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'My mother was told she couldn't go to medical school because she was a woman and a Jew. So she became a teacher in the New York City public school system.'


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'As a teacher you are more or less obliged to pay the same amount of attention to everything. That can wear you down.'

 

 

 

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