And hearing the poet read it, or even seeing them read it, or even seeing them live and in person read it—that's another thing, right? It's a different poem, right? The poem on the page is one poem, and that same poem coming from out of the actual body of the poet is another poem, right?
Are the two poems, although different, equally "the poem"? Or!
Is the poem that comes directly out of the actual body of the actual poet more "the poem" than the poem on the page? Should we defer to the actual poet-body poem? Is that poem the go-to poem? Is it? Isn't it?! I think I used to think it isn't. But come on, isn't it?!