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" A poet looks at the world the way a man looks at a woman. "
" I believe in the power of poetry, which gives me reasons to look ahead and identify a glint of light. "
" I was quiet, and I was artistic. I liked writing poetry, and that was very strange, so I was bullied a lot. "
" The muse, the beloved, and duende are three ways of thinking of what is the source of poetry, and all three seem to me different names or different ways to think about something that is not entirely reasonable, not entirely subject to the will, not entirely rational. "
" There is poetry as soon as we realize that we possess nothing. "
" Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks. "
" I believe that all poetry is formal in that it exists within limits, limits that are either inherited by tradition or limits that language itself imposes. "
" I always thought that poetry is the verdict that others give to a certain kind of writing. So to call yourself a poet is a kind of dangerous description. It's for others; it's for others to use. "
" I think the first time I really heard poetry was in the schoolyard. Just the little limericks that kids say when they're jumping rope and playing games. I think that's the first time I heard rhyming words - I don't know if I'd call that the definitive poetry, but that's when I heard rhyming words said and not necessarily sung. "
" I've been writing since I was sixteen. At first, I wrote mostly short stories and poetry. The first thing I ever had published was a poem about a football game. It was printed in my local newspaper. "
" I'm sorry, man, but I've got magic. I've got poetry in my fingertips. Most of the time - and this includes naps - I'm an F-18, bro. And I will destroy you in the air. I will deploy my ordinance to the ground. "
" I think poetry's always a kind of faith. It is the kind that I have. "
" I enjoy listening to contemporary rock on the college stations while I'm taking long walks, love gospel and soul music, am fascinated by hip-hop and rap as the new kind of urban 'beat' poetry and, come to think of it, find something interesting about just any kind of music. "
" 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. "
" You can be intuitive when you've got a more expansive role. You can get into the poetry of telling the story rather than just pushing buttons. "
" In poetry everything which must be said is almost impossible to say well. "
" 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. "
" It is a happy thing that there is no royal road to poetry. The world should know by this time that one cannot reach Parnassus except by flying thither. "
Gerard Manley Hopkins
" You don't make a poem with ideas, but with words. "
" Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason. "
" The Bible is very resonant. It has everything: creation, betrayal, lust, poetry, prophecy, sacrifice. All great things are in the Bible, and all great writers have drawn from it and more than people realise, whether Shakespeare, Herman Melville or Bob Dylan. "
" Journalism wishes to tell what it is that has happened everywhere as though the same things had happened for every man. Poetry wishes to say what it is like for any man to be himself in the presence of a particular occurrence as though only he were alone there. "
" Reality is not what it is. It consists of the many realities which it can be made into. "
" Without touching my subject I want to come to the moment when, through pure concentration of seeing, the composed picture becomes more made than taken. Without a descriptive caption to justify its existence, it will speak for itself - less descriptive, more creative; less informative, more suggestive - less prose, more poetry. "
" Publishing the lyric books, poetry or comics of other musicians I know. That's the thing I really want to break into! "
" We love, you know, children love the ingredients of poetry. And then they go into this tunnel that we call adolescence, and when they come out of it, they hate poetry. "
" I wrote some of the worst poetry west from the Mississippi River, but I wrote. And I finally sometimes got it right. "
" I have not the slightest pretension to call my verses poetry; I write now and then for no other purpose than to relieve depression or to improve my English. "
" I wrote poetry before I wrote songs, and T.S. Eliot was my inspiration. I love his honesty and try to bring that to my own songwriting. "
" We are looking to brands for poetry and for spirituality, because we're not getting those things from our communities or from each other. "
" I find a lot of poetry to be narcissistic. "