In this video An Animal Response to Poetry, Cecilia Vicuña speaks with Gary Sullivan about poetry and performance. She talks about the importance of a relationship with language. She invokes Borges in her attempt to explain the difference between the poem and the performance:
Someone asked Borges, “How can you tell that a poem is a poem?” Borges responded, “When you are in the presence of the poem, it is as when you are in the presence of the sea.”
How can you tell that a poem is a poem? What do you think about Vicuña’s response to this question?