Friday, July 8, 2011

Poets' reasons

People want to be poets for reasons that have little to do with language.
It is the life of the poet they want, I think.
Even the glow of loneliness and humiliation.
To walk in the gutter with a bottle of wine.
Some people's lives are more poetic than a poem,
and Francis is the saint of these.

I know, because he walked beside me for that short time while my ego was dying.

-- Fanny Howe, September 2011 issue of POETRY