I live between two worlds, the one I see with my eyes open and the one I see with my eyes closed. Unlike other people, I regard the two as equals and trust my eyes as I trust my imagination. To favour one over the other is inconceivable to me. Poetry is not just a record of things seen and remembered, but a deeper reading of them with the aid of the imagination.
As Thoreau once said,”The question is not what you look at, but what you see.” If I were to compare my poetry to the art of cooking, I would say that I’m a devotee of the frying pan. At the heart of poetics is the belief that it is possible to make astonishing dishes out of the simplest ingredients available.”