A poem is incomplete

For me, a poem is not about ideas. It’s never
an idea that I have. It’s basically an image or a sense, mostly images, that have to do
with the senses, and so the five senses, and then from the image, then, you know, I have
to write it down. And so, once I start writing, it’s almost automatic, you know, the next
line follows. It’s not planning, I don’t plan collections of poetry. I know that all the
poets, they have, you know, like guidelines of what they want to write. I have no guidelines,
basically, you know. I don’t know what the poem is going to be when I start writing the
poem, but then, when I see it, I know that it’s complete. And for me, a poem is incomplete.
I don’t like poems that are flowery and complete, that give you everything. I believe a poem,
by nature, is incomplete and it has to be completed by the reader and the listener,
and so the poet is only providing–like a Japanese landscape–a few strokes, and the
viewer has to complete the landscape. And it’s engaging. I recall there is a Latin American
writer, Julio Cortázar, “y eso de lector cómplice,” you know, the reader that becomes
an accomplice. And I believe that, you know. A few strokes are, for me, enough to communicate
my feeling.

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