"Traditional poets may be self-effacing, but their art is very important. That art is sometimes called the "collective memory" of the tribe, but it is really more like the tribe's collective imagination. (Keesey 268).
Intertextuality is very interesting to me and it makes sense. We are told constantly that nothing new exists and all a writer is doing is taking the old and trying to make it new. I picked this quote for the simple reason that I liked how Keesey attributes the poet, and pretty much any artist in my opinion, to belonging to a tribe. I also liked how he differentiates the words "collective memory" and "collective imagination." Poets do not have the same memories that would be a silly concept, but there is a re-creation of imagination that takes place throughout the ages. This is fascinating to me. I thought that Keesey captured this artistic collectiveness rather well.