The sources of poetry are in the spirit seeking completeness.
I learned that I had been brought up as a protected, blindfolded daughter.
The universe is made of stories, not of atoms.
If there were no poetry on any day in the world, poetry would be invented that day. For there would be an intolerable hunger.
I hope for quick, fluent copy and memorable pictures. The words would not ‘describe’ the pictures; the pictures would not ‘illustrate’ the words. Together, they would carry a stamp and tell a story.
The town of Gauley Bridge stands as a pattern for all those places where people are linked even in the middle of their suffering, where people fight against an evil condition so that other people need not go through the same fight.
I hear the singing of the lives of women. They clear mystery, the offering, and pride.
It is the single image, as used in a photograph or a painting – or the frame of a film – to which words have been added to enlarge the context. The method is not the same as that by which most paintings are named. It is closer in its performance to what dialogue does to a movie, to what the caption does to a good poster.
The actual world, not some fantastic structure that has nothing to do with reality, must provide the material for modern poetry.