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Born: 1970-01-01
Profession: Architect
Nation: American
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Architecture is a visual art, and the buildings speak for themselves.

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My buildings will be my legacy... they will speak for me long after I'm gone.

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Never turn down a job because you think it's too small; you don't know where it can lead.

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Bill O'Reilly is like a comfortable pair of shimmeringly angry slippers, but you know every night what you're going to get.

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I want to interview the most important people in the world and have everyone in America the next day going, 'Did you see that?'

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There are many different ways of categorizing news. It doesn't have to be just war and famine and serious politics.

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There is a certain advantage to the British accent. I do notice that Americans love it; they think the we Brits are smarter than perhaps we are.

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Most of the men that sue in Hollywood are all about 5' 2'. They wake up every day, know they're tiny and feel very angry about it, so they go out and sue people.

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There is a type of snobbish, pompous journalist who thinks that the only news that has any validity is war, famine, pestilence or politics. I don't come from that school.

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Evolutionary theory informs our understanding of some frankly inexcusable social behavior and renders it perfectly normal.

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I have so little patience with the whole Y.A. book thing. As far as I'm concerned, you either read books for children or you read books for adults.

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I think by definition you need to have lived a little bit to write anything that's humanly true.

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I've been accused countless times of writing gloomy futures. But to me, the texture of my sci-fi just feels like an extrapolation of current trends.

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Certainly a decade and a half out in the real world, bashing my head against things, probably made me into a more textured writer. It gives you something to write about.

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Good authors mature over time: it does take awhile. Travel abroad and learn to live in other cultures. That's one of the things about teaching abroad.

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I think certainly if I'd started getting published when I was in my early twenties, I was quite sheltered then and didn't know anything much about the world. I hadn't had any direct experience of how the world works.

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I'd always had a hankering to write some old-school sword and sorcery. And there certainly are advantages to that particular form - for one thing, you're able to go all-out on the imaginative front, with a lot less concern for the usual unities of time and space and character.

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In the future, maybe quantum mechanics will teach us something equally chilling about exactly how we exist from moment to moment of what we like to think of as time.

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Pretty much anything you care to imagine can happen in a fantasy, which in turn means you can really crank up the intensity of the tale you're telling.

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Science casts a long black shadow back over who we think we are, and where it falls the temperature falls with it. Its touch is chilly and unforgiving.

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Southern poets are still writing narrative poems, poems in forms, dramatic poems.

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Teaching writing over the years intrudes on your own writing in important ways, taking away some of the excitement of poetry.

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The best books of our times have included the three mature volumes of Philip Larkin. They're very short books of poems, and very carefully arranged.

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The fact that something is in a rhymed form or in blank verse will not make it good poetry.

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The great watershed of modern poetry is French, more than English.

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We have a lot of long narrative poems written in the 20th century, but they're not very well known, and they're not read by very many people.

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What actually makes poetry poetry is of course impossible to define. We recognize it when we hear it, when we see it, but we can't define it.

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With prose you can incorporate more details, develop scenes, sustain the tension in a special way. Prose has its own speed.

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Young writers find their first audience in little magazines, and experimental writers find their only audience there.

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Alchemy is the art of far and near, and I think poetry is alchemy in that way. It's delightful to distort size, to see something that's tiny as though it were vast.

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Among the American contemporaries I read with most enjoyment are several North Carolinians. I think the best poetry being written these days is being written by Southerners.

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I don't think American poetry has gotten any better in the past 35 years. Oddly enough, creative writing programs seem to have been good for fiction, and I would not have predicted that.

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I have taught students from the New York City area so long I have a special affinity and rapport with them. It surprises me sometimes that there are students from anywhere else.

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I love chapbooks. They're in some ways the ideal form in which to publish and read poems. You can read 19 poems in a way you can't sit down and read 60 to 70 pages of poems.

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I love to compare different time frames. Poetry can evoke the time of the subject. By a very careful choice of words you can evoke an era, completely throw the poem into a different time scale.

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I tell students they will know they are getting somewhere when a scene is so painful they can just barely bring themselves to write about it. A writer has to draw blood.

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I write as a way of keeping myself going. You build your life around writing, and it's what gets you through. So it's partly just curiosity to see what you can do.

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In the late 60s and early 70s, I did get interested in voices, and in narration and embodying the voice, making the poem sound like a real person talking.

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It was less a literary thing than a linguistic, philosophical preoccupation... discovering how far you can go with language to create immediate, elementary experience.

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One of the biggest changes that ever occurred in my life was going from the isolation of working part-time as a house painter in Henderson County, to Cornell, where everybody was a literary person.

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One of the most powerful devices is to distort time, to go from human time to atomic time, geologic time. Sometimes you can actually accomplish that, with one unexpected word choice.

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One of the most powerful devices of poetry is the use of distortions. You can go from talking about the way a minute passes to the way a century passes, or a lifetime.

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Our most famous writers are Faulkner and Eudora Welty and Flannery O'Connor. It would make sense that the poetry would reflect some of those same values, some of the same techniques.

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Part of what we love about poetry is the fact that it seems ancient, that it has an authority of ancient language and ancient form, and that it's timeless, that it reaches back.

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The Black Mountain poet I like most is the early Creeley. Those early poems seem very lyrical and very traditional, with a lot of voice and character.

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The decision to write in prose instead of poetry is made more by the readers than by writers. Almost no one is interested in reading narrative in verse.

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The idea of avant-garde art is a very suspicious thing to me, the idea that poetry is new and it keeps being new the way Chevrolets every year are new.

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The Language Poets are writing only about language itself. The Ashbery poets are writing only about poetry itself. That seems to me a kind of dead end.

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The young people have MTV and rock and roll. Why would they go to read poetry? Poetry belongs to the Stone Age. It awakens in us perceptions that go back to those times.

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When you have an idea for a story, you want those characters to reach as many people as you can. I think you normally think of prose as a way of doing that. It fits our time, the culture.

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Young writers only take off when they find their subjects. Since almost everyone has a family and stories about family, that is often a place to start.

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Distance not only gives nostalgia, but perspective, and maybe objectivity.

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I did not have a very literary background. I came to poetry from the sciences and mathematics, and also through an interest in Japanese and Chinese poetry in translation.

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Fiction is about intimacy with characters, events, places.

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I don't think poetry is something that can be taught. We can encourage young writers, but what you can't teach them is the very essence of poetry.

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You have to really dive deep back into yourself and get rid of so much modern analytical categorization. It's one of the great things poetry does.

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If a poem is not memorable, there's probably something wrong. One of the problems of free verse is that much of the free verse poetry is not memorable.

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A lot of my students are Asian-American, and it has been thrilling to watch them break through the stereotypes into something alive and surprising.

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A poem in form still has to have voice, gesture, a sense of discovery, a metaphoric connection, as any poetry does.

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I considered going to film school; I took a course in film and was very interested in filmmaking as well as film writing.

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I don't think the creative writing industry has helped American poetry.

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I encourage students to pursue an idea far enough so they can see what the cliches and stereotypes are. Only then do they begin to hit pay dirt.

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I learned to impersonate the kind of person that talks about poetry. It comes from teaching, I think.

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I love to create interesting textures with language. You can do it as long as it seems like a discovery.

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I seem to keep returning to my father in poems because his personality was so extreme, so driven. He did everything to excess.

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I think that it's more likely that in my 60s and 70s I will be writing poetry rather than fiction.

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If people associate me with a region, that's fine with me.

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In the best fiction, the language itself can become almost invisible.

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In the later books I am much more at home in the use of language to describe things. I had never thought of that until a critic pointed that out.

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Maybe the example of Southern fiction writing has been so powerful that Southern poets have sort of keyed themselves to that.

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Neither of my parents has been very sensitive about my writing.

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Philip Larkin has a tough honesty and sense of humor that I find irresistible, as a contemporary poet.

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Poetry, almost by definition, calls attention to its language and form.

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Pound's translation of Chinese poetry was maybe the most important thing I read. Eliot a little bit later.

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Some people swear by writing courses, but whether it really helps American poetry, I have doubts.

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Some people want to call me an Appalachian writer, even though I know some people use regional labels to belittle.

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