the rest of us are merely exposed by it

Only the best poets can risk simplicity. The rest of us are merely exposed by it. Only those same poets can risk complexity too: the rest invariably fail to realise the greatly increased responsibility towards clarity that it demands. Nonetheless so many rush towards it, knowing their faults are here best concealed.

- Don Paterson, from his book Best Thought, Worst Thought: On Art, Sex, Work, and Death (Greywolf Press, 2008).

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