poems and lines. At some point I told my parents that I was writing these
things, and I showed them. And they started getting me poetry books.
KOO: So your experience came as a writer first. You were conscious of
writing in lines?
LASK Y: Yes, I was conscious of writing in lines. But I do remember having almost a possessed feeling. And that’s how I perceived it for a very
long time. And probably a large part of me still sees it that way.
KOO: Has anything changed? Is that still the feeling you trust when you
write a poem today? That you want to feel as though it’s being channeled
LASKY: I guess—sadly—a little bit? I know I resist this, because I think
it’s a brain process. When you’re being creative you’ve been storing up
and processing. Especially when you’re a poet, you’re always processing
language, talking. Right now I’m saying these sentences, I’m practicing
language, and you’re giving me language; I’m always calculating stuff.
So when a poem comes out, it’s not like it really is out of the blue; it’s
been germinating for a long time. But I do somehow trust that “
KOO: What happened when you went to college? Did you start taking
workshops and showing poems to peers and teachers?
LASKY: When I went to college, I really wanted to be a scientist. Or a
psychiatrist—that was all kind of bundled together. Then I took a workshop my freshman year. And it was like an explosion. I had been writing
poems consistently my whole life, but I remember that first year it was
insane. There was something about the experience of the classes, having
free time. I had this workshop where we read poets and went to museums and wrote poems; I wrote so much. I was writing poems all the
time, to the detriment of my grades. I was writing poems through every