How important is music to your poetry?
Hugely important, both directly and indirectly. I’ve written a number of poems inspired by music, especially the pieces my beloved plays on the clarinet and Andean quena. I play piano and ukulele and if no one’s listening, I might sing. Songs and music have helped me consider the rhythms, tempos and sonorous qualities of my poems, as well as silence, or the absence of sound in the blank spaces around a stanza. When I’m crafting my poetry, I always read the poems out loud. That’s why, even pre-Covid, I rarely work in cafés.