Jorie (from interviews and prose)

“Somewhere between the “I” that takes its authority from an apparent act of confessional “sincerity,” and the “I” that takes its authority from seeing through to its own socially constructed nature, there is still the “I” that falls in love, falls out of love, gives birth, loses loved ones, inhales when passing by a fragrant rosebush–the “I” that has no choice but mortality. That “I” (Eliot would say personal yet collective) is emerging from the great philosophical fray of the last decade with a new respect for the mystery of personhood, and a more sophisticated understanding of its simultaneously illusory and essential nature.” -Jorie Graham. (Interview here)

“Among verbal events–which by their nature move horizontally, through time, along the lines of cause and effect–poetry tends to leap, to try to move more vertically: astonishment, rapture, vertigo–the seduction of the infinite and the abyss–what so much of it is after.” (here)