Concentration, Focus & Balance

“Each time I understood a poem better, I made some decision in my own life that I understood better than before—because poems showed me unvarnished states of human emotion that I could examine. After many decades, I realized that the healthiest part of my life was art, and that if I could make mature decisions in life the way I made them in art, with the concentration, focus, and balanced energy of poetry, then I would be leading a life I admired.”