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All Quotes by author - Robert Morgan
" Alchemy is the art of far and near, and I think poetry is alchemy in that way. It's delightful to distort size, to see something that's tiny as though it were vast. "
" A lot of my students are Asian-American, and it has been thrilling to watch them break through the stereotypes into something alive and surprising. "
" Among the American contemporaries I read with most enjoyment are several North Carolinians. I think the best poetry being written these days is being written by Southerners. "
" A poem in form still has to have voice, gesture, a sense of discovery, a metaphoric connection, as any poetry does. "
" Distance not only gives nostalgia, but perspective, and maybe objectivity. "
" Fiction is about intimacy with characters, events, places. "
" I considered going to film school; I took a course in film and was very interested in filmmaking as well as film writing. "
" I did not have a very literary background. I came to poetry from the sciences and mathematics, and also through an interest in Japanese and Chinese poetry in translation. "
" I don't think American poetry has gotten any better in the past 35 years. Oddly enough, creative writing programs seem to have been good for fiction, and I would not have predicted that. "
" I don't think poetry is something that can be taught. We can encourage young writers, but what you can't teach them is the very essence of poetry. "
" I don't think the creative writing industry has helped American poetry. "
" I encourage students to pursue an idea far enough so they can see what the cliches and stereotypes are. Only then do they begin to hit pay dirt. "
" If a poem is not memorable, there's probably something wrong. One of the problems of free verse is that much of the free verse poetry is not memorable. "
" If people associate me with a region, that's fine with me. "
" I have taught students from the New York City area so long I have a special affinity and rapport with them. It surprises me sometimes that there are students from anywhere else. "
" I learned to impersonate the kind of person that talks about poetry. It comes from teaching, I think. "
" I love chapbooks. They're in some ways the ideal form in which to publish and read poems. You can read 19 poems in a way you can't sit down and read 60 to 70 pages of poems. "
" I love to compare different time frames. Poetry can evoke the time of the subject. By a very careful choice of words you can evoke an era, completely throw the poem into a different time scale. "
" I love to create interesting textures with language. You can do it as long as it seems like a discovery. "
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" In the best fiction, the language itself can become almost invisible. "
" In the late 60s and early 70s, I did get interested in voices, and in narration and embodying the voice, making the poem sound like a real person talking. "
" In the later books I am much more at home in the use of language to describe things. I had never thought of that until a critic pointed that out. "
" I seem to keep returning to my father in poems because his personality was so extreme, so driven. He did everything to excess. "
" I tell students they will know they are getting somewhere when a scene is so painful they can just barely bring themselves to write about it. A writer has to draw blood. "
" I think that it's more likely that in my 60s and 70s I will be writing poetry rather than fiction. "
" It was less a literary thing than a linguistic, philosophical preoccupation... discovering how far you can go with language to create immediate, elementary experience. "
" I write as a way of keeping myself going. You build your life around writing, and it's what gets you through. So it's partly just curiosity to see what you can do. "
" Maybe the example of Southern fiction writing has been so powerful that Southern poets have sort of keyed themselves to that. "
" Neither of my parents has been very sensitive about my writing. "
" One of the biggest changes that ever occurred in my life was going from the isolation of working part-time as a house painter in Henderson County, to Cornell, where everybody was a literary person. "
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