There’s hope for everyone. That’s what makes the world go round.
Everything can change at any moment suddenly and forever.
All I wanted to do was write – at the time poems and prose too. I guess my ambition was simply to make money however I could to keep myself going in some modest way and I didn’t need much I was unmarried at the time no children.
I guess I wanted to leave America for awhile. It wasn’t that I wanted to become an expatriate or just never come back I needed some breathing room. I’d already been translating French poetry I’d been to Paris once before and liked it very much and so I just went.
I was always interested in French poetry sort of as a sideline to my own work I was translating contemporary French poets. That kind of spilled out into translation as a way to earn money pay for food and put bread on the table.