And if they haven’t got poetry in them, there’s nothing you can do that will produce it.
When I was asked to be Writer in Residence at Edinburgh I thought, you can’t teach poetry. This is ridiculous.
And it’s impossible for me to read Henry James.
However, I learned something. I thought that if the young person, the student, has poetry in him or her, to offer them help is like offering a propeller to a bird.
I find it’s impossible for me to read Proust.