"[Rainer Maria] Rilke said ‘poetry is the natural prayer of the human soul,’ and that’s what I think poetry is because reading and writing poetry enables us to sustain and to extend our capacity for contemplation. I think we’re living in an age when the velocity of human experience has so accelerated that perhaps our capacity to sustain contemplation is being eroded. Sometimes I think that certain kinds of human consciousness can become extinct and that we can preserve ourselves by paying serious attention to our language, to reading and writing."
— Carolyn Forché, “Carolyn Forché” (an interview with Carolyn Forché by Bill Moyers), The Language of Life: A Festival of Poets by Bill Moyers
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