How important is music to your poetry?
It feels crucial, though I wonder if others think of my poems as musical. I absolutely compose by ear. The arrangement of the poem on the page matters too, but the lines have to flow right; they need a rhythm and pacing to them first. The shape of the poem is secondary to the way it sounds. I have a feeling the same is true for a ton of poets. Maybe we all have the same obsessive compulsion towards music. It’s just that our instrument is language.