The exchange, short as it was, spoke volumes about how poets and writers think. By analogy the poet implied that the direct experience of opening a drawer of clothes had its counterpart in the imaginative consideration of ideas, things and processes not immediately present. Experience was comprised of visual, tactile, perhaps even olfactory sensations; imagination of visual images, bodily feelings, aural rhythms and kinesthetic patterns. And imagination gave first birth to his poetry. In response, the interviewer implied doubt that poetry could have origin anywhere but in language itself.