Another true confession from yours truly: I think that the DJ is one of the main metaphors that informs my understanding of what it means to be a poet. I love the idea that a poet takes "things as they are," to borrow Stevens’ phrase and then arranges them to create another world. The aim of the poem is to transport THE PEOPLE into a new state of being.
This metaphor is pure fantasy on my part. I’ve never been a disc jockey, a mixmaster, or anything else of that sort. I rarely go to clubs. But I like this idea of what the poet is up to.
I wonder if you have a metaphor that (consciously? semi-unconsciously?) informs your identity as an artist?