Interview-Rob Carney

October 9, 2009

Inscape: How do you come up with your ideas?

Rob Carney: I prefer making things up.

Inscape: What makes a good teacher?

RC: A good teacher will draw out of everybody something better than they ever thought they could do. It still might not be very good. A teacher can save you a lot of time.

Inscape: How do you write poetry? What is your method?

RC: Sometimes I sit down and I try to write a good voice or a line that I overheard in my head. And then the next line comes and then the next.

Inscape: In this modern world, poetry doesn’t seem to have a place. What do you see as its place?

RC: You’re the fish; poetry is the hook. The bait is the promise of women swooning, or something.