KOMUNYAKAA: "I think everything around them should be a source of inspiration. If we are really engaged with the world, it can be the small things, those things that we think of as insignificant. It can be a meditation on something as basic as a maggot, which I have a short poem about. Usually many poets start out with those grand abstractions—victory, truth. I tell them, yes they can wrestle with those grand abstractions, but don’t be afraid to face the world that they can put their hands on."
This is from Fox, Alan. A Conversation Between Yusef Komunyakaa and Alan Fox. Rattler. https://www.rattle.com/a-conversation-with-yusef-komunyakaa/