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Li-Young Lee

The real subject in poetry isn’t the voice. The real subject is silence. It’s like in architecture, where the medium is not really stone or metal, but space. We use materials—brick, glass, whatever— to inflect the immaterial, space. I would say that the real medium of poetry is inner space, the silence of our deepest interior. — Li-Young Lee, from “The Subject Is Silence,” A God in the House: Poets Talk About Faith. (Tupelo Press, March 30, 2012)

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