How important is music to your poetry?
Music is central to my poetic process. My first book, I thought elvis was italian was inspired by Elvis. My second book, hold the note was inspired by jazz. My third book started with a lyric from the band, Arcade Fire. I find that music can get the brain to feel language in an interesting way. It somehow matches how the words sometimes form in my head and allows them to start coming out. I can sometimes even visualize lines of poetry while listening to music. This can be dangerous, however, while driving!