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Ian McEwen On Getting Lost In Poetry

December 7, 2012

"[It] takes an effort to step out of the daily narrative of existence, draw that neglected cloak of stillness around you - and concentrate, if only for three or four minutes. Perhaps the greatest reading pleasure has an element of self-annihilation. To be so engrossed that you barely know you exist. ... What is it precisely, that feeling of 'returning' from a poem? Something is lighter, softer, larger - then it fades, but never completely." The New York Times Book Review 12/09/12

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