"So when people say that poetry is a luxury, or an option, or for the
educated middle classes, or that it shouldn't be read at school because
it is irrelevant, or any of the strange and stupid things that are
said about poetry and its place in our lives, I suspect that the
people doing the saying have had things pretty easy. A tough life
needs a tough language - and that is what poetry is. That is what
literature offers - a language powerful enough to say how it is.
It isn't a hiding place. It is a finding place. "
- from Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? p. 40
Jeanette Winterson, Grove Press, 2011