We need imagination because the presentness of the present moment cannot be worded except through poetic image. Consciousness is mute. Clarity doesn’t need words to tell us our minds are on fire. The words, poets know, can never say what one has seen and felt. The advantage of the poetic image is that it preserves the wordless. It’s only through the use of analogy, seeing connections in disparate things, that I can hope to convey the fullness of the original moment. Analogy is a form of translation. I’m seeking an equivalent for the abyss that precedes language.
Charles Simic, Poetry and Experience