9. “Sound was always part of perfect meaning…. Complex correspondences exist and kindred definitions. Unknown harbinger of sensuous phenomena, Sound has come to us unknown (My Emily Dickinson, Berkeley: North Atlantic Books, 1985, 55). Susan Howe reminds me too of the importance of the sensual burden of poetry. The material acts on our abilities to see, feel, hear, and know. Art comes full circle: it is sensuous and active, pliant and penetrating. It’s not unlike a sexual experience, insofar as the physicality and awareness of another in language and in sound and in the material and social conditions brings us into a place that is possessed by a kind of Eros.