Stompin’ at the Grand Terrace

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“It made an impression. As a teenager, he began writing his own poems — mainly as a way to get girls. “Wrong — but by the time I figured that out, I was hooked. Both my parents were extremely literate, so I grew up with thousands of books in the house. It was quite extraordinary for a household like mine to have such a sense for the importance of books, ideas, and reading,” he says. “When I said I was thinking about becoming a poet, they were both very happy, like I’d just announced to them that I wanted to be a doctor or a lawyer. That was pretty amazing on their part, and I was pretty lucky, given my proclivities, to have parents like them who understood what I wanted to do with my life.”



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