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I don't like writing essays or theory.

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Most people ignore most poetry because most poetry ignores most people.

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I want to speak, to sing to total strangers. It's my way of talking to the world.

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There have always been poets who performed. Blake sang his Songs of Innocence and Experience to parties of friends.

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Stadium rock and commercial rock are the opposite of what poetry needs. An audience of around 200 is ideal for poetry.

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Written poetry is different. Best thing is to see it in performance first, then read it. Performance is more provocative.

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I use rock and jazz and blues rhythms because I love that music. I hope my poetry has a relationship with good-time rock'n roll.

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I use the language I use to my friends. They wouldn't believe me if I used some high-flown literary language. I want them to believe me.

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