6.9.07

illumination...

The real reason why poets – or any writers – write is that they have read and been moved to emulation. Poetry carries in its arms the words of its predecessors. The writer’s page is illuminated by the candles of his past.

              – Billy Collins, Foreword, Conversation Pieces

5 comments:

Rachel Mallino said...

YES!!!!! =)

Collin said...

I tend to agree with Billy.

sam of the ten thousand things said...

Thanks, Rachel and Collin.

poet with a day job said...

That's terrific! I love that! Of course it is!

Clare said...

This is a wonderful insight.