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Poetry = heightened talking. Novel = heightened story. Painting = a heightened seeing.
Poetry is an affair of sanity, of seeing things as they are, to recreate the familar, eternalizing the poet's own poerception in unique and original verbal form.
I never think of poetry or the poetry scene, only separate poems written by individuals.
It is fatal to decide, intellectually, what good poetry is because you are then in honour bound to try to write it, instead of the poems that only you can write.
I have no ideas about poetry at all. For me, a poem is the crossroads of my thoughts, my feelings, my imaginings, my wishes, and my verbal sense: normally these run parallel; often two or more cross; but only when all cross at one point do you get a poem.
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