Dennis Nurkse from the 2paragraphs Writers Interviews: What Do You Like Least About Being A Writer?
I really like being a writer. The insulation in a self-created narrative, the solipsism, all of that works for me.
What I hate is to write something good, then realize it's mediocre, and finally discover it's awful. I hate the assumption that you have to be a PhD to "get" literature--it can't be mysterious like the human face, it has to be a code some technician has the key to. I worry about what identity is, how we obliterate it with symbols, how to manipulate them, when not to care. I resent not having the time to read all my friends' work adequately. And I can't free myself of the temptation to measure myself by external standards, especially in the parrot cage of the Internet.
--D. Nurkse is the author of nine books of poetry. His honors include a Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Bess Hokin Prize from Poetry, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. His most recent book is A Night in Brooklyn: Poems
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