| Quote #1
At times poetry is the vertigo of bodies and the vertigo of joy and the vertigo of death; (1)
The opening line lets us know that the whole poem is going to be about poetry, with its repeated definitions of what the art form can be.
| Quote #2
the descent of parachuting words onto the sands of the page; (4)
This image of poetic creation is playful and makes poetry seem like a random occurrence, like something that falls out of the sky.
| Quote #3
the recollection of pronouns freshly cut in the garden of Epicurus, and the garden of Netzahualcoyotl; (9)
The references to Epicurus and Netzahualcoyotl show off just how deeply rooted in our culture poetry is (hint: it's ancient!).