"There's something Pound says somewhere, which argues that the experience of beauty comes from one's recognition of a thing's perfections, how it is what it is, not necessarily why. Why peculiarly invites a judgment which has most to do with one's own terms of understanding. In the poem, however, that place we are finally safe in, understanding is not a requirement. You don't have to know why. Being there is the one requirement."
- From the introduction to The Best American Poetry 2002
on the edge,
- Robert Creeley (1926-2005)