"My earliest poems were a way of talking to somebody. I suppose to myself."
"if only I could catch him between my thumb
and forefinger gentle enough between my thumb
and forefinger. I could save him for later,
sew his scales to my booties."
"Poetry is not a silent art. The poem must perform, unaided, in its reader’s head."
"Poetry is everywhere.
It exists in the most sacred and most profane corners of our lives, from the illuminated spiritual texts that have created our planet’s moral codes to corny couplets tucked neatly into Hallmark cards. Poetry is read aloud at weddings and funerals, at christenings and wakes, under the covers and over bottles of wine. All of us, whether we know it or not, speak in poetry. We use metaphors and similes and images to explain our lives to others. Poetry is the humanizing and empathetic body of our language. In some countries whole soccer stadiums fill with citizens to hear a single poet and in some a small gathering of twenty people will sit in a café to hear a human voice sing. For all our differences, poetry is a constant art form that connects our different languages. It’s a seer and a healer, an instigator and a diplomat."