: Mark Strand and Lenny Emmanuel at the Trestle :

an excerpt by Lenny Emmanuel

I have an idea of what I want the poem to sound like… and be in the end, but very often I am following vague formal imperatives that don’t have very much to do with the meaning of the poem. Or, the meaning that the reader might derive from the poem. Very often that meaning doesn’t concern me at all when I’m writing. I just assume the meaning is there, because when you use language meaning is unavoidable, since every word means something.