When John Koethe sits down to write a poem, his focus is not on a topic or idea but rather on the poem's internal structure. "I usually start with some kind of conception of the architecture," he says, "the length, the density, the kinds of rhythms, and then I worry about what am I actually going to say." Koethe is the author of several collections of poetry, including Domes, which won the 1973 Frank O'Hara Award for Poetry, and Falling Water, for which he received the "highly coveted" Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award from Claremont Graduate University in 1998. In praise of his work, a presenter of the Tufts award said that Koethe's poems are "written with a philosopher's ear for the spare beauty of abstraction... They move the reader both as music and as meaning." Koethe, who was born in San Diego, California in 1945, was educated at Princeton and Harvard Universities. He is currently a Professor of Philosophy at the University or Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and holds the post of Poet Laureate of Milwaukee. This animation was created by Christopher Eystad. The poem is read here by John Koethe.