You’ve written about music before.… How does music enter your poems?
Musicality, lyricism, and tone should be inherent in a poem, so I would like to think that music is already in my poems, if I’m fortunate, so that there is no entering. There’s only allegretto, andante, caesura, anaphora, and things like that. On a specific note, my new book has moments inspired by musicians ranging from Jimi Hendrix to the Korean classical group The Ahn Trio. I can’t imagine life, or writing poetry, without music.
X, ex, axes, axis. We are not evil.
You piece together what you can, when you can.
In the meantime, breathe as if your chest is an ocean.
There’s something here that stirs her in her soul—
Like Glory Hallelujah, his caress
The day that he got her from UPS—
Blues Clues, the Muppets, each Incredible,
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Cover image is "Composition" from 1929, a painting by Pavel Filonov