It’s not the poet, it’s the poem
In that moment, really I am the vessel for the poem,” she says. “It’s not about the poet at that moment, it’s about the poem. So the pressure — the challenge — is to write a poem that can serve … all of those expectant, gathered millions and to let the poem be what calms my nerves when I am up there. To let myself remember that I am there to deliver these words and these words have been commissioned to deliver a very, very amazing moment.