“Eve’s Statement” by Anna Evans
“Cross” by Langston Hughes
“Punishment” by Seamus Heaney*
“My Son the Man” by Sharon Olds
“Bells for John Whiteside’s Daughter by John Crowe Ransom
"This is poetry as illumination, for it is through poetry that we give name to those ideas which are, until the poem, nameless and formless-about to be birthed, but already felt. That distillation of experience from which true poetry springs births thought as dream births concept, as feeling births idea, as knowledge births (precedes) understanding."
Audre Lorde, “Poetry is not a Luxury”
"Poetry keeps human beings open to the invisible, the hidden, the infinite unknown, always on the threshold of what is to come; at this point, which is both in time and outside of time, poetry becomes a bridge joining what a man was, what he is here and now, and what he will be tomorrow in an all-inclusive movement which goes beyond the mechanical, blind indifference of technical progress and embraces the changing unknown."
Adunis, “An Introduction to Arab Poetics”