Jane Campion | Bright star (2009)


A poem needs understanding through the senses. The point of diving into a lake is not immediately to swim to the shore but to be in the lake, to luxuriate in the sensation of water. You do not work the lake out, it is a experience beyond thought. Poetry soothes and emboldens the soul to accept the mystery.


It ought to come like leaves to a tree, or it better not come at all.


There is holiness in the heart's affection.