I remember being captivated by the poetry of Tomaz Salamun at the Adelaide Writers Week some years ago. His images are potent. He says: "The poet is a hunter, not an expressor … you express what you already have. The inexpressible is like the beast in the woods that the hunter always knows only by its tracks.” (Salamun in Jackson 2006). Click here for the rest of the Richard Jackson article and the poet’s official website.
Personally I think it’s often like being a tow truck driver – first on the scene etc etc :)