Shakespeare: For me, Shakespeare brings to me a sense of the sonnet and innovation in the sonnet--and that's what John Berryman also brings to me.
Lil Wayne: I listen to Lil Wayne and try to learn from him to see what he's doing in terms of rhymes and rhyme structure. Lil Wayne is very post-modern--that's why I also love Wu-Tang Clan. Wu-Tang moves associatively through their songs in a very post-modern way. Their language play is some of the best you'll see. Lil Wayne brings to me a sense of rhyme structure, metaphor-making and fresh metaphors that I think, ultimately, produce reactions in people. [His rhymes] are super visceral.