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" A poet's autobiography is his poetry. Anything else is just a footnote. "
" One of the things that distinguishes poetry from ordinary speech is that in a very few number of words, poetry captures some kind of deep feeling, and rhythm is the way to get there. Rhythm is the way the poetry carries itself. "
" Someone who's awake in the middle of the night is a soul consciousness when everyone else is asleep, and that creates a feeling of solitude in poetry that I very much like. "
" There's a reason poets often say, 'Poetry saved my life,' for often the blank page is the only one listening to the soul's suffering, the only one registering the story completely, the only one receiving all softly and without condemnation. "
Clarissa Pinkola Estes
" One merit of poetry few persons will deny: it says more and in fewer words than prose. "
" Poetry is a way of taking life by the throat. "
" Tom Sleigh's poetry is hard-earned and well founded. I great admire the way it refuses to cut emotional corners and yet achieves a sense of lyric absolution. "
" Poetry is, first and last, language - the rest is filler. "
" Poetry surrounds us everywhere, but putting it on paper is, alas, not so easy as looking at it. "
Vincent Van Gogh
" Sorrow happens, hardship happens, the hell with it, who never knew the price of happiness, will not be happy. "
" Poetry, I think, intensifies the reader's experience. If it's a humorous facet of the story, poetry makes it more exuberant. If it's a sad facet, poetry can make it more poignant. "
" The poetry I grew up on is really an intense form of poetry; it's so pure and powerful. "
" Every American poet feels that the whole responsibility for contemporary poetry has fallen upon his shoulders, that he is a literary aristocracy of one. "
W. H. Auden
" When I was asked to be Writer in Residence at Edinburgh I thought, you can't teach poetry. This is ridiculous. "
" Poetry is a domestic art, most itself when most at home. "
" For an American, there's no automatic place where people love the art of poetry. There's not a social class that considers poetry its property the way in some countries there's a snob value to the art. "
" Poetry and music are very good friends. Like mommies and daddies and strawberries and cream - they go together. "
" A poem can have an impact, but you can't expect an audience to understand all the nuances. "
" 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. "
" I consider myself a poet first and a musician second. I live like a poet and I'll die like a poet. "
" My favorite subject probably was math. I love math. Figures just intrigue me. I was really good at math. English probably was my worst subject. But I used to write a lot of poetry. I used to write poetry all the time. "
" When we were 15, my girlfriend Ruth Kaplan and I applied to the Universidad Ibero-Americana in Mexico City. We were accepted into a program that placed us with a lovely Mexican family. We lived with them for six weeks while studying Spanish poetry and Mexican anthropology. "
Mary Doria Russell
" Poetry can tell us about what's going on in our lives - not only our personal but our social and political lives. "
Juan Felipe Herrera
" Poetry is an orphan of silence. The words never quite equal the experience behind them. "
" 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. "
" Journalism is concerned with events, poetry with feelings. Journalism is concerned with the look of the world, poetry with the feel of the world. "
" Plot, rules, nor even poetry, are not half so great beauties in tragedy or comedy as a just imitation of nature, of character, of the passions and their operations in diversified situations. "
" I think the best American poetry is the poetry that utilizes the resources of poetry rather than exploits the defects or triumphs of the poet's personality. "
" Poetry must have something in it that is barbaric, vast and wild. "
" I write plays and poetry at the same time, and I'm always refining, but I'm not obsessive about it. It's what I like to do, what I've always wanted to do. "
" Poetry is something that happens in universities, in creative writing programs or in English departments. "