I hardly remember how I started to write poetry. It's hard to imagine what I thought poetry could do.
While I've had a great distaste for what's usually called song in modern poetry or for what's usually called music I really don't think of speech as so far from song.
The self is an oral society in which the present is constantly running a dialogue with the past and the future inside of one skin.
When you grow up in a family of languages you develop a kind of casual fluency so that languages though differently colored all seem transparent to experience.