Of reality which is in no way passive

Lafayette Street (The Very Life You Are Living At That Moment) ©MAIERMOUL
Lafayette Street (The Very Life You Are Living At That Moment) ©MAIERMOUL

For a poem to coalesce, for a character or an action to take shape, there has to be an imaginative transformation of reality which is in no way passive …

Moreover, if the imagination is to transcend and transform experience, it has to question, to challenge, to conceive of alternatives, perhaps to the very life you are living at that moment.

– Adrienne Rich, When We Dead Awaken