"But Wallace Stevens I think is probably as great a single influence as any. I just love his poetry. I've taught his poetry. And William Carlos Williams, and Emily Dickinson. Talk about the phenomenology of daily life! She's simply unbelievable. When you look at the older writers like Melville, and Thoreau, and Emerson, who were very influential for me in the way they use metaphor — and William Faulkner also is a very good example of the same thing — this deep, integral use of metaphor as a way of accessing experience."
Nothing but quick hits today. Short attention span theatre in the making. The excerpt above is from an interview with Pulitzer Prize winning local author of Gilead and Housekeeping, Marilynne Robinson.
The complete interview available from Powell's.com