All the modern verse plays, they’re terrible they’re mostly about the poetry. It’s more important that the play is first.
I think we fool ourselves and really negate a great deal of history if we think that the oral history of poetry is shorter than the written history of poetry. It’s not true. Poetry has a longer oral tradition than it does written.
Poetry is a beautiful way of spoiling prose, and the laborious art of exchanging plain sense for harmony.
There are distinct duties of a poet laureate. I plan a reading series at the Library of Congress and advise the librarian. The rest is how I want to promote poetry.