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All Quotes by author - Edward Hirsch
" A novel takes place over time. It's a historical narrative, and it needs to have a series of peaks and valleys and the move through. You can't just start at the highest pitch and stay there, but you can in a lyric poem. "
" Anyone who has lost a child will tell you that they don't recover their sense of endless possibility. Some people hide that well. But after a certain age, almost everyone is carrying something like that around, I suppose. "
" A person who's only suffering can't write a poem. There are choices to be made, and you need to be objective. "
" As far as I'm concerned, freedom is the most important thing to creativity. You should feel free to write in whatever way, whatever language, feels comfortable to you. "
" As long as there's been poetry, there have been lamentations. "
" As soon as something happens to us in America, everyone begins talking about healing. But before you heal, you have to mourn. "
" Daydreaming is one of the key sources of poetry - a poem often starts as a daydream that finds its way into language - and walking seems to bring a different sort of alertness, an associative kind of thinking, a drifting state of mind. "
" Depression is a feeling without a cause. Mourning has a cause. "
" Each book should be an entity unto itself, with its own structure, character, life, name. "
" Fresh or changing conditions ferment fresh forms. "
" I aspire to a poetry of great formal integrity, deep passion and high intellect, and I have many models for how to do that. "
" I began to imitate what I was reading, and I started to become a poet, even though what I was writing were not good poems. "
" I believe in rooting poems in actual places, even if you move into some other extraordinary realm. "
" I come from Chicago, and the landscape of the Midwest has always meant a great deal to me. "
" I didn't read poetry seriously until college, when I really began to devour it in a very intense way. I also discovered that a poet is a maker. Before that, I thought a poet was someone who wrote about his own experiences. "
" I don't think poetry will die, but I think that poetry does demand a certain kind of attention to language. It does demand a certain space in order to read it, and I think that space is somewhat threatened by the lack of attention that people have and the amount of time that they give to things. "
" I don't think you can read poetry while you're watching television very well. "
" I'd say people do need some help with poetry because I think poetry just helps takes us to places that Americans aren't always accustomed to going. "
" I find great consolation in having a lot of poetry books around. I believe that writing poetry and reading it are deeply intertwined. I've always delighted in the company of the poets I've read. "
" I found a comfort in trying to solve some poetic problems because there were human ones I just couldn't solve. "
" I grew up in a middle-class house without books, without art. No one around me wrote poetry or even read it. "
" I had feelings that I didn't know what to do with, and I felt better when I started writing them. I thought of it as poetry. I did notice girls really liked it. Better than football. They liked the combination. "
" I like the machinery of poems, especially when they have human warmth. "
" I love the leisurely amplitude, the spaciousness, of taking a walk, of heading somewhere, anywhere, on foot. I love the sheer adventure of it: setting out and taking off. "
" I'm a poet, and I spent my life in poetry. "
" I'm so happy to be an advocate for poetry. "
" In every culture, in every language, there is expressive play, expressive word play; there's language use to different purposes that we would call poetry. "
" I read a lot as a kid and in high school. "
" I started writing poetry as a teenager in suburban Chicago out of emotional desperation. "
" I still feel that I'm capable of being as emotionally present as when I was young. "
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