Charles Simic: Poets are, basically, employees of the dictionary. They work for the dictionary.
Jeffrey Brown: You work for the dictionary?
Simic: Yes, we work for the dictionary.
Brown: What do you mean?
Simic: We keep the language, I think, honest and interesting. We look up words all the time, we open them up. We put some words to use that haven't been used in a long time.
-from an interview as part of NewsHour's Poetry Series