thanks again for reposting these interviews! that last line of his is something beautiful. (i went to visit his grave in my home state, and hearing him talk about his time here still moves me.)CARVER:A Big Piece of My Heart Live in Lowa Valentines day T-Shirt Some, but not enough. I wantto write more.If too long a period of time goesby, six months orso,I get nervous if | haven’t written any poems.I find myself wonderingif I’ve stopped being a poet or stoppedbeingable to write poetry. It’s usually then that I sit down andtry to write some poems.
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‘This book of mine that’s comingin the spring, Fires—that’s gotall of the poems of mine A Big Piece of My Heart Live in Lowa Valentines day T-Shirt I want to keep.INTERVIEWER: How dothey influence each other? The writing of fiction and the writing of poetry?CARVER: They don’t anylonger. Fora long time I was equally interested in the writing of poetry and the writing of fiction. In magazines I always turned to the poems first before I read the stories. Finally, I had to make a choice, and I came down on the side of the fiction.
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It was the right choice for me. I’m not a “born” poet. I don’t know if I’m a “born” anything except a white American male. Yes, upstairs in my study. It’s important to me to have my ownplace. Lots of days go by when wejust unplug the telephone and put out our “No Visitors” sign. For many years I worked at the kitchentable, A Big Piece of My Heart Live in Lowa Valentines day T-Shirtorin a library carrel, or else out in my car. This room of my ownis a luxury and a necessity now.