Seamus Heaney once remarked that a poem is neither a photograph nor a phantasy. A poem is less literal than a photograph (because it is not technically bound to the object it depicts) and more objective than a phantasy (for, working through the imagination, it is free of any kind of egocentricity). A poem, at its best, opens up a portion of our common world to embody in memorable language an essential insight into its nature. It aesthetically excites as it cognitively discloses. It is hoped that the poems gathered here, in their different idioms, do precisely that.



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