“In her Nobel lecture, Ms. (Wyslawa) Szymborska joked about the life of poets. Great films can be made of the lives of scientists and artists, she said, but poets offer far less promising material.
‘Their work is hopelessly unphotogenic,’ she said. ‘Someone sits at a table or lies on a sofa while staring motionless at a wall or ceiling. Once in a while this person writes down seven lines, only to cross out one of them 15 minutes later, and then another hour passes, during which nothing happens. Who could stand to watch this kind of thing?’ ” Raymond Anderson. The New York Times, 1/2/12