Interview with the Author
(Part of Living Poem)
Why do you rhyme so much?
To enhance the poem’s reading sensation.
If it distracts you, I’ve failed. By the way,
Rhyme’s not my main consideration.
Narrative and imagery hold sway,
But sometimes, when I’m seeking rhymes,
Having composed my meaning, I find
That rhyme’s constraint frees my imagination.
Do you find yourself often slipping into rhyme?
No, my single aim is to connect
To a deep current of thought and express
Its drama to greatest possible effect.
For instance, the word that follows this
Is “undulates.” It undulates and discloses
How a word construction metamorphoses,
Rejecting rhymes deemed circumspect.
What is your central message?
It all comes down to vocalization, I feel,
Tuning the intellect to one’s true self.
But what is that self, a dog at its meal
Or one out for run in a daydream of health?
The guarded dog snarls, at constant alert.
The dream dog vowels an inspired concert
With both poetic skill and popular appeal.