“I’ve been working exclusively in syllabics for a long while now. In some longer poems, especially if there’s a persona’s voice, let’s say, which is in the foreground, or a story’s being told—that is to say if there’s a narrative, or both—then the attention of the reader is naturally drawn away from the poem’s purely formal attributes.

“Because of the effect of text folding in on or, looking at, itself—while the reader is reading it from beyond that internal set of attentions, sort of outside the equation of the poem—I try, when I see the chance, to invite the reader’s awareness of the poem’s structure.”

An Exchange between Burt Kimmelman and Thomas Fink on Wings Apart at Dichtung Yammer