William Packard's collection includes twenty-five poets who have been featured in The New York Quarterly. This is a record of where we have been and where we are. Work habits are described; most poets revise much, tend not to trust spontaneous first drafts. Many talk frankly about their states of mind. There are helpful conversations on the creative process itself, valuable insights into specific works, music and philosophy. Most insist that poets must read,and read, and read, not only contemporaries, but writers from the past.
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