You’re right on the money with this, Dave, and the commenters have extrapolated really usefully too. I’ll simply repeat approval of and accord with the central point of alterity and its substantiation in that excellent phrase ‘a network of wonder’. Much of my work draws fire from a specific epigrammatic spark and even if the poem doesn’t incorporate the specific alignment of words (‘Cast a cold eye on life, on death…’, ‘I saw Eternity the other night / Like a great ring of pure and endless light…’), they’ll glow in my mind throughout the drafting of the piece and will return when subsequently I read the poem.