In literature and poetry, the sound and figure of great text is made fatter by life experience.
Here, a poet exiled under difficult circumstances, Li-Young Lee, reads his work. I was struck by something midway through the video, when, referring to others near to him, he said they were not literary at all, but they did possess an ear for tinniness, which I took to mean an ear for falsity. He quickly added, "they want proof of things."
Interesting thing, proof.
To demand proof is a praiseworthy quality in business accounting and scientific pursuits, but not in the writing and hearing of verse. Because people who demand proof often have even higher expectations for the evidence they're willing to accept, the irony is that being willing to make peace without proof, to accept ambiguity, makes life - and poetry - so much better.
Li-Young Lee gets that.