Interview: The National Post

April 6, 2009

There’s a brief poetry-month interview with me up at the National Post’s book pages, Afterword. All the poets interviewed in the series so far (Stuart Ross, Anne Simpson, Zach Wells) have been asked the same questions, so you can get a sampling of personality types in the answers.

Who’s your favourite living poet — Canadian or otherwise — and why?

Geoffrey Hill is my favourite poet. He’s an Englishman living in Boston who’s quite possibly the greatest writer in the English language. He’s notoriously difficult and gleefully inaccessible. I find reading his poems like working on tough puzzles. I’m sure I don’t get all of his allusions, but I pride myself on those I do get.

Who’s one poet you pretend to know but in reality have never, ever read?

Ken Babstock (just kidding, Ken).

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