"I think when a person is in deep prayer, all of that being’s attention is focused on God. When a person is in love, all of that being’s attention is focused on the beloved. I think in writing poetry, all of the being’s attention is focused on some inner voice. I don’t mean to sound mystical, but it really is a voice and all of the attention is turned toward that voice. That’s such an exhilarating state to be in that it’s addictive."
— Li-Young Lee, “Li-Young Lee” (an interview with Li-Young Lee by Bill Moyers), The Language of Life: A Festival of Poets by Bill Moyers