Quotation by Wallace Stevens

Poetry is the supreme fiction, madame.
Take the moral law and make a nave of it
And from the nave build haunted heaven. Thus,
The conscience is converted into palms,
Like windy citherns hankering for hymns.
Wallace Stevens (1879–1955), U.S. poet. A High-toned Old Christian Woman (l. 1–5). . .

Collected Poems [Stevie Smith]. James MacGibbon, ed. (1976) New Directions.
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