1. I think that the writers I loved most all my life were musical writers, and in prose, it’s guys like [William] Faulkner and Cormac McCarthy, just great lyrics … great music in their language. My dad started reading poetry to me when I was 6, before I’d go to sleep. He would read e.e. cummings’ “Buffalo Bill’s” … and that music, as I became enthralled with poetry as a kid, that’s what I always wanted to do: I always wanted to write something with the power of song, of music. I would say that all the poets I’ve read have definitely informed the writing.

    — Peter Heller, author of The Dog Stars, on the influence of poetry in his writing

  2. Peter Heller

    The Dog Stars