One of my favorite places for a stroll is Library Way in New York City, where plaques of writers' words are part of the sidewalk. The last time I was there, in May 2021, this one gave me pause.
"A poem doesn't do everything for you.
You are supposed to go on with your thinking.
You are supposed to enrich
the other person's poem with your extensions,
your uniquely personal understandings,
thus making the poem serve you."
Let's listen to Gwendolyn. She reminds us of our rights as readers.