The subject matter of the stories on the surface… there seem to be a number of stories about travel.
Certainly it seems true enough that there’s a good deal of irony in the world… I mean if you live in a world full of politicians and advertising there’s obviously a lot of deception.
As for political poetry as it’s usually defined it seems there’s very little good political poetry.
I love painting and music of course. I don’t know nearly as much about them as I know about poetry. I’ve certainly been influenced by fiction. I was overwhelmed by War and Peace when I read it and I didn’t read it until I was in my late 20s.
I was excited by what my painter friends were doing and they seemed to be interested in our poetry too and that was a wonderful little fizzy sort of world.
I was influenced by surrealist poetry and painting as were thousands of other people and it seems to me to have become a part of the way I write but it’s not.
I wonder if I ever thought of an ideal reader… I guess when I was in my 20s and in New York and maybe even in my early 30s I would write for my wife Janice… mainly for my poet friends and my wife who was very smart about poetry.