“Poetry is concerned with using and abusing, with losing with wanting, with denying with avoiding with adoring with replacing the noun. It is doing that always doing that, doing that and doing nothing but that. Poetry is doing nothing but losing refusing and pleasing and betraying and caressing nouns. That is what poetry does, that is what poetry has to do no matter what kind of poetry it is. And there are a great many kinds of poetry.
When I said
A rose is a rose is a rose is a rose
And then later made that into a ring I made poetry and what did I do I caressed completely caressed and addressed a noun.”
— Gertrude Stein