If You Could Write One Great Poem
What Would You Want It To Be About
by Robert Pinsky
(Asked of four student poets at the Illinois
Schools for the Deaf and Visually Impaired)
Fire: because it is quick, and can destroy.
Music: place where anger has its place.
Romantic Love—the cold or stupid ask why.
Sign: that it is a language, full of grace,
That it is visible, invisible, dark and clear.
That it is loud and noiseless and is contained
Inside a body and explodes in air
Out of a body to conquer from the mind.