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'When people who are less fortunate come to the door, are there imperatives for those born by luck into a safe place? Or is the world simply too small today for hospitality to e extended to those hoping to escape persecution and the imminent threat to life? Are there too many humans in the world for the lucky few to act hospitable? What role do those humans we call poets have when such questions of humanity are to the fore?' (Introduction 25)
'Imagine you are given a poem that you have never read before. After reading it, you want to know who wrote it. You ask the person who gave you the poem who the author is, because you would like to read more of their work. You are told that the poem you just read was generated via computer software.' (Introduction 45)