When I Read A Poem...
When I read a
poem of mine in public, I have the audience for the first ten seconds. If I don’t capture their attention right
away, I lose them so the beginnings of my poems have to be interesting and are important. I do not read a poem in
public if there is any part of it I am not satisfied with. I can’t read the poem confidently and with the right
inflections and feelings if I have any doubts concerning the poem. I have to believe in the whole package, that the
poem was put together well. So with any piece of writing: you can’t have any major doubts of it, if you
want to submit it for publication. It has to be as good as you can get it.