Nothing works for sure. Every poem feels like a first poem. Every poem enters my airspace by a different vector. What works one morning, likely won’t work the next. Maybe that’s the only certainty. It certainly doesn’t get any easier.
The same can be said about discussions like this. Every statement I make about poetry, my own poetry in particular, I find I can just as easily say the opposite.
- Joshua Trotter, in interview with Jacob McArthur Mooney over at The Walrus blog. You can read the whole thing here.
it certainly doesn't get any easier
This should be the boilerplate that appears at the beginning of every interview with a poet, or at least every interview with me: