“This is what you shall do; Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, …

“I believe poetry can be…a constant reminder to ourselves and to our fellow citizens that being alert, both inwardly and outwardly, rewards each person with more life…I say let the poems move in all ways; at least, then, we’ll have a chance to reach the bridge—and if we do lose our minds let it …