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.