"Poetry is a quiet kind of subversion that is revolutionary and radical m a slow or tectonic way. Lasting changes in human behavior, thought and consciousness (i.e. large tectonic shifts of the continents), happen slowly, not as one violent shaking earthquake. Palmer realizes that poetry will not stop a war or end oppression or alleviate poverty, but that it is necessary and urgent because it instigates and provokes changes in thought and language in ways that access the human mind via a different route. This route may not be rational or logical (it may be surreal or oneiric), and, that’s all for the better. He asks further, “What does the poem remember, that otherwise the culture hastens to forget?"