Kaveh Akbar // Portrait of the Alcoholic

… It can be difficult
telling the size of something

when it’s right above you — the average
cumulus cloud weighing as much

as eighty elephants. The things I’ve thought I’ve loved
could sink an ocean liner, and likely would

if given the chance.

- Kaveh Akbar, from the poem “Portrait of the Alcoholic with Home Invader and Housefly”
in Portrait of the Alcoholic

Anne Carson // on poetry

“I think a poem, when it works, is an action of the mind captured on a page, and the reader, when he engages it, has to enter into that action. His mind repeats that action and travels again through the action, but it is a movement of yourself through a thought, through an activity of thinking, so by the time you get to the end you’re different than you were at the beginning and you feel that difference.”

- Anne Carson, The Paris Review No. 88