"I think poetry is maybe what gets lost in translation, but you have to add that poetry is also what transcends culture. Poetry is universal. It travels. The Japanese translated Emily Dickinson! They love Emily Dickinson. If you stopped and thought, “What the hell does Emily Dickinson from Amherst, Massachusetts, have to say to some contemporary Japanese?” you’d have to say it’s impossible, forget it. Yet it works. How does it work? It works because it’s poetry."