Every poet has his or her own definition of poetry. When my daughter Pippa asked me what a poem was, I told her

A poem is

something that someone is saying
no louder, Pip, than my ‘goodnight’ –
words with a tune, which outstaying
their speaker travel as far
as that amazing, vibrant light
from a long-extinguished star.

from Rounding the Horn (Carcanet 1998), © Jon Stallworthy 1998, used by permission of the author and the publisher.

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