reading at Split This Rock, 2014
|Occupation||Professor of English
Old Dominion University
|Alma mater||Southern Methodist University;
Vermont College of Fine Arts
The thing is, I’ve been writing for a long time now, trying to be a poet for the last 40 years, and it’s still very difficult not to second-guess myself when reading my own work.
I think of myself as an ambassador of the arts. In my heart of hearts, I know the world would by a more peaceful, tender place if we were more moved by the poetry around us.
Mostly, when I travel, I want to represent my own work well and let others know how I feel about poetry being an important part of life.