A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a love sickness. Poetry is what gets lost in translation. Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash. All the arts come from God and are to be respected as divine inventions. You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you. Poetry is something more philosophical and more worthy of serious attention than history. Science is for those who learn; poetry, for those who know. Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas. Poetry is the breath and finer spirit of all knowledge. Science sees signs; Poetry the thing signified.