I think there was a revolution in poetry, associated chiefly with Eliot and Pound; but maybe it is of the nature of revolutions or of the nature of history that their innovations should later come to look trivial or indistinguishable from technical tricks.
I do insist on making what I hope is sense so there's always a coherent narrative or argument that the reader can follow.
For a Jewish Puritan of the middle class, the novel is serious, the novel is work, the novel is conscientious application why, the novel is practically the retail business all over again.
It may be said that poems are in one way like icebergs: only about a third of their bulk appears above the surface of the page.
I am not at all clear what free verse is anymore. That's one of the things you learn not to know.
When Robert Frost was alive, I was known as the other new England poet, which is to be barely known at all.
Robert Frost had always said you mustn't think of the last line first, or it's only a fake poem, not a real one. I'm inclined to agree.
The spirit world doesn't admit to communicating with me, so it's fairly even.
I never abandoned either forms or freedom. I imagine that most of what could be called free verse is in my first book. I got through that fairly early.