Poetry is about listening

This morning, this gem from Advice to Writers:

Poetry is about listening

When we were young, we were told that poetry is about voice, about finding a voice and speaking with this voice, but the older I get I think it’s not about voice, it’s about listening and the art of listening, listening with attention. I don’t just mean with the ear; bringing the quality of attention to the world. The writers I like best are those who attend.

KATHLEEN JAMIE

The older I get, the more I think that it’s all about listening–crucial and sometimes difficult when we all want to be heard, yet always rewarding.