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Australian copy editor and blogger Paul Wiggins was able to track down the story behind Lauris Edmond's quote mentioned here.
It is actually from a poem called "The Active Voice," which makes more sense. It is from a collection of her poems called "50 Poems, Lauris Edmond: A Celebration." It's published by Bridget Williams Books (P.O. Box 5482, Wellington, New Zealand), 1999.