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Novelists Trump Poets Interviewed on Process: "Lost in the Cave of the Mouth"
James Rother in Contemporary Poetry Review
[I]nterviews with poets are at best temporizing exercises (to show one is still alive creatively); at worst, a crushing bore. . . . "I don't know the answer to that," Heaney, fresh out of temporizations, admits. Would that he had left it there; for barely pausing to get his bearings, he proceeds to treat a hand that had nothing for openers as though it had the makings of a full house.