Dave….Your post made me think. What is a difficult poem and why is it difficult? To me, a poem is difficult if I cannot allow myself to be in a similar mental and emotional state as the poet was when he or she wrote. In other words my ears must really listen to the poet’s “voice”. If I cannot suspend disbelief then it is difficult for me. If I am reading a poem, I prefer to read it aloud so that I can put a voice to the words. Then I am engaging my senses, my intellect, heart and if I am fortunate the Duende. Ralph Angel was probably just having a bad evening. The Duende did not want to be in a lecture hall. He was probably outside looking for the dark places.