Why read poetry? If you read novels because you like to find out what happens, and if you read non-fiction because you like to learn something, why read poetry? I read it because I like to think about questions that no one has “the” answer to. I like unsolvable problems. I like things that I can absorb, even if I can’t quite say that I understand them, such as this lovely line: “Inevitable as daylight, exhaustive as pain, his climb and his footfall sound like another world ending, another world ending.” (50) Marie Howe knows how to raise elegant questions.
Marie Howe, The Kingdom of Ordinary Time (New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2008). p. 23