It was the obvious question for a leading New Zealand poet: ''What makes a good poem?''''If you poke it with a stick and it moves it's alive,'' Sue Wootton says.
''It's something about condensed energy, and the integration of sound and sense - every poem is its own creature. It has a life.''
A poem is patterned language, but the patterns might be formal or free-form, realistic or abstract. A poem might be humorous, sad, delightful, easily accessible or challenging and obscure.
Poetry, according to Wootton, is a broad church.