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" I like poems that are little games. "
" I used to spend a lot of time dreaming and writing poetry. "
" I aspire to a poetry of great formal integrity, deep passion and high intellect, and I have many models for how to do that. "
" Don't call my lyrics poetry. It's an insult to real poets. "
" If a line of poetry strays into my memory, my skin bristles so that the razor ceases to act. "
A. E. Housman
" My first spoken word poem, packed with all the wisdom of a 14-year-old, was about the injustice of being seen as unfeminine. The poem was very indignant, and mainly exaggerated, but the only spoken word poetry that I had seen up until that point was mainly indignant, so I thought that that's what was expected of me. "
" 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. "
" I have a deep and ongoing love of Iceland, particular the landscape, and when writing 'Burial Rites,' I was constantly trying to see whether I could distill its extraordinary and ineffable qualities into a kind of poetry. "
" There isn't, even now, a great tradition of novel-writing in Afghanistan. Most of the literature is in the form of poetry. "
" One will never again look at a birch tree, after the Robert Frost poem, in exactly the same way. "
" When I was in college, I used to write little ditties and short stories and poetry for my friends. Writing a book is another thing. It is so much different from my traditional day of dirty fingernails and greasy hair and hot pans. "
" If you read quickly to get through a poem to what it means, you have missed the body of the poem. "
M. H. Abrams
" Sri Lanka is an island that everyone loves at some level inside themselves. A very special island that travellers, from Sinbad to Marco Polo, dreamed about. A place where the contours of the land itself forms a kind of sinewy poetry. "
" People want poetry. They need poetry. They get it. They don't want fancy work. "
" My exposure to Beckett and to late O'Neill was probably important right at the time I gave up poetry and the novel. "
" Dancing is the poetry of the foot. "
" Poetry is the work of poets, not of peoples or communities; artistic creation can never be anything but the production of an individual mind. "
" I like poems that are complex. "
" The novel is born of disillusionment; the poem, of despair. "
" The idea that myth is the opposite of knowledge, or the opposite of truth, is simply to disallow it. It is like saying poetry is the opposite of truth. "
" 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. "
" Those who say we should dismantle the role of Poet Laureate altogether, the trick they miss is that being called this thing, with the weight of tradition behind it, and with the association of the Royal family, does allow you to have conversations and to open doors, and wallets, for the good of poetry in a way that nothing else would allow. "
" Anticipating that most poetry will be worse than carrying heavy luggage through O'Hare Airport, the public, to its loss, reads very little of it. "
" I see people who talk about America, and then undermine it by not paying attention to its soul, to its poetry. I see polarization, reductionism and superficiality. "
" On a summer night it can be lovely to sit around outside with friends after dinner and, yes, read poetry to each other. Keats and Yeats will never let you down, but it's differently exciting to read the work of poets who are still walking around out there. "
" Have you ever heard a good joke? If you've ever heard someone just right, with the right pacing, then you're already on the way to poetry. It's about using words in very precise ways and using gesture. "
" Verse in itself does not constitute poetry. Verse is only an elegant vestment for a beautiful form. Poetry can express itself in prose, but it does so more perfectly under the grace and majesty of verse. It is poetry of soul that inspires noble sentiments and noble actions as well as noble writings. "
" Publishing a volume of verse is like dropping a rose petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo. "
" 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. "
" If epic poetry is a definite species, the sagas do not fall within it. "
" When poetry is on the money, 12 words can slay you. I admire that greatly. "