Music has remained central in my poems, and I try my best to make it audible when I recite them. If a text reads like prose, it is prose – however it’s laid out on the page. The language of poetry is metaphor. Metaphor lifts a text beyond itself because it embodies the connectedness of all things and points beyond language to the mystery at the heart of the world. A poem opens its heart only in a private dialogue with a reader. It has its meaning in simply being there – like a tree: you can pass by without taking note, or you can stop and admire, enjoy, recline in its shade, relax and reflect, climb it for a larger vista, but you cannot argue with it. In an age in which everyone is ceaselessly driven by ulterior motives, poetry provides a harbor of disinterested tranquility.