O: What is one of the great misconceptions about poetry?
That reading it and writing it is a very solitary act. Poetry is really a way of sharing feelings and ideas.
O: How so?
Because poems are about experiences we all have. When you're going through something, whether it's a wonderful thing like having a child or a sad thing like losing somebody, you often feel like "Oh my God, I'm so overwhelmed; I'm dealing with this huge thing on my own." In fact, poetry's a nice reminder that, no, everybody goes through it. These are universal experiences.
O: How did you happen to choose the name of a Byron poem for the title of your new collection?
My husband helps me with all my titles—he was the one who said, maybe this poem. It couldn't be more well known, but at the same time, what could be better?
O: What do you hope people will take from the experience of reading this book?
An appreciation of how wonderful they are, life is, and it is to live in a world of words and feelings.
Experience the Rare Joy of Verse