... when people say that poetry is a luxury, or an option, or for the middle classes, or that it shouldn't be read in school because it is irrelevant, or any of the strange and stupid things that are said about poetry and its place in our lives, I suspect that the people doing the saying have had things pretty easy. A tough life needs tough language - and that is what poetry is. That is what literature offers - a language powerful enough to say how it is.
It isn't a hiding place. It is a finding place.
-- Jeannette Winterson, pictured with her adoptive father ca. 1964, Blackpool; quote from "Shafts of Sunlight"