AD: What inspired this poem?
IN-Q: It was originally a part of another poem about growing older—about time. Halfway through, I said, "I wanna fall in love at 85." I realized that was a separate poem and was immediately inspired to tackle it; I wrote the whole poem in two or three days. It was only after the fact that I realized I'd been inspired by a friend of mine named Dolores. Dolores is in her 80s, and I had gone to visit her in a nursing home. She told me that she had fallen in love there and was happier than ever. Whether I was conscious of it or not, she was the inspiration for the story.
AD: Your work speaks to the complexity of the human experience. What do you hope people get out of it?
IN-Q: Why are we here, if not to love and to inspire other people—and to lead them toward finding the light?
AD: What is that light, in your opinion?
IN-Q: Gratitude. Gratitude is the light. We're spinning on a planet in the middle of space, and it just so happens that we have the absolute perfect environment to sustain life. How can we not be grateful for that?