As far as I’m concerned, all I do is — I’m a sort of conduit for the poems. What I’m doing as a writer is trying to let poetry, which is much bigger than I am, say something through me, appear for me. And whatever skill or technique I have is involved with just sort of husbanding that, trying to corral it in waves and not ruin it. So, my biography, that’s just material. And whether it’s imaginary biography, or what’s termed as factual biography, makes no difference, because what’s primary importance isn’t my life, it’s the poem. Poetry is a lot bigger than the events of my life. And I’m interested in poetry more than I’m particularly interested in the events of my life.

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