8. My own writing over the years looks so unstable. Published by tiny presses, my work moves between a concern with historical and political issues, to more meditative and quiet domestic concerns. But I try to inhabit the spaces of my investigation, and with dumb earnestness I’ve persevered in them. I take the relational, community-making aspects of the art as essential, too. This rhetorical domain, the urge and necessity of poetic advocacy, brings art to readers. A poet’s role in this is tremendous, for our relationships should go far beyond our poetry as we try to understand and expand the capacities that situate new forms of creative engagement.