When you require renewal, is there a particular poem or book that you return to? A particular author?
Yes, absolutely. There’s always one collection that I have to take with me when I travel. That touchstone shifts over time. For years it was Lucille Clifton. For a while it was either Seamus Heaney or James Wright, but my husband has taken to carrying them with him everywhere. Elizabeth Bishop is someone I return to again and again. And lately, I go to Ada Lemon’s Bright Dead Things or Vievee Francis’s Forest Primeval.