My biggest direct influences for poetry in particular were Taije Silverman and Nzadi Keita. Jon Volkmer was an enormous influence in showing me the kind of general stubborn, contrary mindset a writer needs. Larry Levis, G.M. Hopkins, and Anne Carson were important early influences as well. Later on, I guess Frank O’Hara, George Oppen, Gerald Stern.
I try to read a lot, and I try to read very widely. I go on a lot of walks. Silence is important, but so is collaboration and community. It helps to be angry about something important, but also easily amused. Thanks for the compliment— this was surprisingly difficult to answer,