"Whatever its actual content and overt interest, every poem is rooted in imaginative awe. Poetry can do a hundred and one things - delight, sadden, amuse, instruct - it may express every possible shade of emotion, and describe every conceivable kind of event, but there is only one thing that all poetry must do; it must praise all it can for being and for happening."
~ W. H. Auden
As I type this, I'm listening to Rugged Fantasia's new album (post about it coming up, it's amazing) - the track "That girl blew down my house," go listen here - Katy's beautiful, matchless voice, singing, "What a wonderful world." It strikes me that writing a poem is an act of worship. I don't mean worship in terms of a deity - though, in my case, it is, as I've recently become a Christian again - it's worship for the world, for life. God is life, in my view, but I know that view is by no means universal. I don't want to preach. I'm just saying that poetry is so important because it's spiritual. Art is spiritual. Life can't be divided into tidy sections.