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Poetry is language used with intensity. It is not, as so many suppose, decorative speech. Poets tell us what our eyes, blurred with too much gawking, and our ears, dulled with too much chatter, miss around and within us. Poets use words to drag us into the depths of reality itself, not by reporting on how life is but by pushing-pulling us into the middle of it. Poetry gives us the heart of existence. Far from being cosmetic language, it is intestinal. It is root language. Poetry doens’t so much tell us something we never knew as bring into recognition what was latent or forgotten or overlooked. — Eugene Peterson (quoted from Psalms, LifeGuide Bible Studies)