The city is itself a walking, which the poet merely traces, trying to stay on its trail. The city is always something going on ahead, something that just turned the corner, that just slipped out of view. - Cole Swenson on poetry as city.
I often (though not as often as is made out) write the city, take the poem for a walk. Mostly, people here sneer at the idea - I think I'm supposed to write about gum trees, or 'relationships' or 'the sea', or something. I've given up worrying about it. Swenson doesn't say anything new, but nice to read.