. . . One of the differences between being a novelist
and [being] a poet is that the novelist kind of moves into your house
. . . The poet is more someone who just appears. You know,
a door opens, and there's the poet! He says something
about life or death, closes the door and is gone. . .
I like that kind of sudden appearance. Not overstaying your welcome. . . .
~ Poet Billy Collins_______________________________
Quoted from George Plimpton, "Billy Collins, The Art of Poetry No. 83" (Interview), The Paris Review, Fall 2001