By “craft” I mean not just prosody, but structure, point of view, rhetorical elements, and so on–all that shapes the poem’s language into a stance toward the subject. Of course, there is always some difference between the writing and its subject; the difference is inherent in language itself, inherent in literary genres. A good political poem will understand this difference, yet will work, by way of craft, to engage the subject as fully, intensely, I daresay truly, as possible.

-William Wenthe in The Writer’s Chronicle, May 2018