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“The poet speaks on behalf of the least tangible, but possibly deepest awareness that we possess. But it is an awareness so elusive, so fitful in its arrivals, that we mainly live in forgetfulness. Poetry is the one reminder, the line of connection….it need not be dictated by a Muse, but it does not, ever, arrive out of daylight consciousness….I understand it as a power, a matter of awe.” [Sven Birkerts]