Levertov quote

I believe poets are instruments on which the power of poetry plays. But they are also makers, craftsmen: It is given to the seer to see, but it is then his responsibility to communicate what he sees, that they who cannot see may see, since we are “members one of another.”

-Denise Levertov, from “Statement on Poetics” in The New American Poetry, quoted by Dana Greene in Denise Levertov: A Poet’s Life.

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  1. I appreciate poetry most when it’s set to music. Not sure what that says about me, but it’s true! Several years ago, I did my doctoral project on settings of E.E. Cummings, and I truly loved all the work and research that went into it, but I don’t find myself reading poems in my leisure time at all, really.

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