Adrienne Rich, Murial Rukyser, Carolyn Forche, C.D. Wright, Charles Reznikoff, Mark
Nowak, and Julianna Spahr, to name a very few. Adrienne Rich’s reflections on the
intersection of poetry and politics have been particularly influential on my work,
so much so that I tattooed the epigraph of her book “What is Found There” on my arm.
The epigraph is a stanza from “Asphodel, That Greeny Flower” by William Carlos Williams,
that reads “It is difficult / to get the news from poems / yet men die miserably every
day / for lack / of what is found there.”