And that’s the main problem with everything:
people want to get home alive;
they don’t want to be changed by poetry.
And they don’t want to change themselves, either;
they want to write a poem and be the exact
same person as before they wrote the poem,
and that’s impossible—you’re not the
same person, even if you didn’t write the poem.
They don’t want to deal with the fact that
today has passed and you’ve just changed and
you’re getting closer to death and what are you
gonna do about that, but why not have a poem
be a part of that process?
from “A Conversation with Dorothea Lasky”