and nibble at light,
and swallowing sense
at a sudden bite
with wide-mouth contraction.
A poem must be cunning
to avoid rhetoric flies,
anglers baiting with lies
must dart for white water and running.
If caught on the hook of meaning,
a poem must whirl and fight,
tugging and constraining,
alert for oversight.
Loose from the critical reel
a poem plunges once more,
moves beneath manifest current
outward from net and from shore.
—George Steiner, poet, in The Paris Review, Issue 1, Spring 1953.
• Editorial Comment: Time to get Toad the boat ready to go (see below). Poetry at sea.
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