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Do poems come to you quickly and get written quickly? Or are they the result of labored
rewrites and revisions? I usually have a good
sense of the full poem by the end of the first
draft, but they all get some rewriting, and
asked if they might be made better. “Vilnius,”
the poem we just discussed, came rather
quickly, and stayed fairly close to the words
it arrived in. Others go through as many as
85 revisions. (I do use both sides of the paper,
to respect the trees.) But it’s rare for me to
struggle with a single poem for months. I
can think of only one, a poem in which I was
trying to find some adequate response to the
1989 Velvet Revolution in Eastern Europe.
For a time it seemed as if enormous political
change might occur almost entirely without
violence, and yet, given the history of suffering
and bloodshed in those countries, simple happiness seemed an insufficient and superficial
response. My unease proved prescient — later
came the enormous horror of Bosnia.
Please talk more about how you begin to write
a poem. Sometimes poems come of what feels
like their own accord — a line begins to say
itself in my ear, I listen, I write, another line
arrives. Other times, I’m shaken in some way,
by an event in my life or the larger world’s life,
by a thought, a fear, a grief. Finding a poem is
what lets me find a way through what feels like
an impenetrable thicket. Poems are answers
to the questions that can’t be answered.
For someone missing the poetry gene, what
can be done to appreciate poetry? It helps
if you enter a poem with your ears and your
heart, not just your mind. The text on the
page, the shape of the lines, is a score for
conducting inside yourself a piece of experience that needs your voice, your life’s own
experience and knowledge and response, to
be played. Poems hover bet ween inner and
outer worlds. They’re messages holding the
kinds of thinking and feeling we’re often
too shy to speak aloud. The most powerful
moments of our lives cry out for the deepening and acknowledgment that hard-to-find
words can bring them. Poems let you enter
those moments more fully, and they also stop
them from fading. They set the colors of your
inner life the way fixatives set a dye, and they