what and why

There are really only two questions: What and why. Poetry’s never answered either one to the extent that people’s imaginations would be quelled by it. I don’t think the questions change: who we are in time and space changes, generations change, fashions change, but poetry’s really only after two things. I once thought the list also included who, but I came to realize that’s not important.

- D.A. Powell, in interview with rob mclennan for his "12 or 20 questions" series. You can read the whole thing here.

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