Here are some lines from a terrific first book from Craig Morgan Teicher... “To speak is an incomparable act / of faith. What proof do we have that / when I say mouse, you do not think / of a stop sign?” The project of poetry, in a way, is to raise language to such a level that it can convey the precise nature of subjective experience, that the listener would envision not just a mouse, but this particular one in all its exact specifics, its perfect details. Such enchanted language could magically dissolve the barrier of skin and bone and separateness between us and render perception so evocatively that we don’t just know what it means, we feel what it means.
- Mark Doty, from his keynote address "Tide of Voices" at the 2008 Key West Literary Seminar. Listen to the whole thing here.