"Whatever a poem is up to, it requires our trust along with our consent to let it try to change our way of thinking and feeling. Nothing without this risk. I expect hang gliding must be like poetry. Once you get used to it, you can't imagine not wanting the scare of it. But it's more serious than hang gliding. Poetry is the safest known mode of human risk. You risk only staying alive."
---William Meredith, from Poems Are Hard to Read, excerpted at poets.org.
This post is part of my Poetry Quote a Day series for National Poetry Month.