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" A great many people seem to think writing poetry is worthwhile, even though it pays next to nothing and is not as widely read as it should be. "
" All those authors there, most of whom of course I've never met. That's the poetry side, that's the prose side, that's the fishing and miscellaneous behind me. You get an affection for books that you've enjoyed. "
" I've written poetry most of my life. "
" Learn poetry by heart. If you know a poem by heart, no one can take it away from you, and you can take advantage of it anytime. "
" It is time to get drunk! So as not to be the martyred slaves of Time, get drunk; get drunk without stopping! On wine, on poetry, or on virtue, as you wish. "
" The applause of his native land is the richest reward to which the patriot ever aspires. It is this for which 'he bears to live or dares to die.' It is the high incentive to those achievements which illustrate the page of history and give to poetry its brightest charm. "
" Poetry has the virtue of being able to say twice as much as prose in half the time, and the drawback, if you do not give it your full attention, of seeming to say half as much in twice the time. "
" I wrote poetry, which got me into lyrics. Stevie Wonder, Carole King, Elton John pulled me into pop. I started singing with a band - just for fun - when I was 17. And pretty soon, I was thinking I could sing pop in English as well as Spanish. "
" The blood jet is poetry and there is no stopping it. "
" If you were going to choose a way of making your way in this world and a place to start from, you might not choose poetry and you might not choose Huddersfield. "
" I work on words, mostly, toward them being poetry or short stories, and then some of those become songs. They all find their place in the world, but they all start off in the same place. I'm always painting and drawing as well, and it's an ongoing creative assignment. "
P. J. Harvey
" I do not see how a man can work on the frontiers of physics and write poetry at the same time. They are in opposition. "
" The sense of flowing, which is so crucial to song, is also crucial to poetry. "
" In fact a lot of them I think are absolute baloney. Those Charles Olsens and people like that. At first I was interested in seeing what they were up to, what they were doing, why they were doing it. They never moved me in the way that one is moved by true poetry. "
" I'm not really a musician. I'm a performer, and I love rock n' roll. I've embraced rock n' roll because it encompasses all the things I'm interested in: poetry, revolution, sexuality, political activism - all of these things can be found in rock n' roll. "
" Poetry is a way of taking life by the throat. "
" I always wrote poetry as a teenager and it was always so dark, but it made me feel good to get it out. "
" From the reader's view, a poem is more demanding than prose. "
" Drawing is a way of coming upon the connection between things, just like metaphor in poetry reconnects what has become separated. "
" Even when poetry has a meaning, as it usually has, it may be inadvisable to draw it out... Perfect understanding will sometimes almost extinguish pleasure. "
A. E. Housman
" Anybody serious about poetry knows how hard it is to achieve anything worthwhile in it. "
" I went through a phase of reading lots of Urdu poetry, thanks to the great transliterated versions that have become available. "
" All voices are important, and yet it seems that people of color have a lot to say, particularly if you look through the poetry of young people - a lot of questions and a lot of concerns about immigration and security issues, you name it - big questions. "
Juan Felipe Herrera
" If the poetry world celebrate its female stars at the true level of their productivity and influence, poetry would wind up being a largely female world, and the men would leave. "
" The music just tends to be a vehicle for that poetry. "
" I wasn't afraid of being poor. I didn't want to live in a big house. I'm the perfect size for poetry. I can move around. "
" The experimental poetry thing is not my thing. It's a programme of the avant-garde: basically a refusal of the kind of poetry I write. "
" 'Words and Music' on Radio 3 is always a treat. Actors read passages of poetry and prose interspersed with music, and nobody tells you what it is. Later you can look it up online, but at the time you can't cheat. "
" I'm conscious of a series of circles working its way through my life. And at this particular moment I have come round to the beginning of my writing cycle. It begins with poetry. There's hardly a day that goes past on which I don't write poetry. "
" I have nothing to say, I am saying it, and that is poetry. "
" Poetry is how I feed the soul, and it's how I fire the furnace of writing. "
Luis Alberto Urrea