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" It is certain that at certain times talent entirely overcomes thought or poetry. "
John Singer Sargent
" Poetry, whatever the manifest content of the poem, is always a violation of the rationalism and morality of bourgeois society. "
" I have a band called M&O. We were working on our first album in 2011 or 2012. We were looking for people to collaborate with, and I met Chance through a Young Chicago Authors poetry slam. "
" Everybody interprets things differently with their own perception, and I want poetry to pull out of them their own feelings. "
" Poetry is a sort of homecoming. "
" Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words. "
" Stylized acting and direction is to realistic acting and direction as poetry is to prose. "
" In the total darkness, poetry is still there, and it is there for you. "
" Anybody serious about poetry knows how hard it is to achieve anything worthwhile in it. "
" I was a very creative child. I played the saxophone and piano, and I was always writing poetry and stories, or drawing in my notebook. I just tried to express myself through as many creative outlets as possible. And in high school, I started to get really into photography and videography and would spend hours working on it. "
" This proves that great lyric poetry can die, be reborn, die again, but will always remain one of the most outstanding creations of the human soul. "
" I don't like to have a calm, orderly, quiet place to work. I often compose while driving, compose in my head. It is true that I wrote my little book, 'The Sounds of Poetry, A Brief Guide,' almost entirely in airplanes and airport departure lounges. "
" I would give anything to sing like Beyonce or Adele. I've said many times to my friends that if I could sing like them, I would give up poetry and writing. "
" By definition, poetry works with qualities and dynamics that mainstream society is reluctant to face head-on. It's an interesting phenomenon that by necessity, poetry is just below the radar. "
" There'll always be working people in my poems because I grew up with them, and I am a poet of memory. "
" Poetry isn't a profession, it's a way of life. It's an empty basket; you put your life into it and make something out of that. "
" I find in my poetry and prose the rhythms and imagery of the best - I mean, when I'm at my best - of the good Southern black preachers. The lyricism of the spirituals and the directness of gospel songs and the mystery of blues are in my music or in my poetry and prose, or I missed everything. "
" When I started writing poetry, it was always in very hip-hop influenced spaces: Someone would teach a Nas song side-by-side with a Gwendolyn Brooks poem, and we'd talk about the connections between those things. "
" The single thing I've found it valuable to memorize is poetry. "
" I think that the job of poetry, its political job, is to refresh the idea of justice, which is going dead in us all the time. "
" Poetry is language at its most distilled and most powerful. "
" In its truest manifestation, where it gives judgments, poetry is super-luxury. It would be interesting to see what would happen to a High Court judge if he were forced to follow the true poetic formula, doing the job for love, being forced into pubs for relief. "
" Poetry comes alive to me through recitation. "
" Nowadays, what an award gives is a sense of solidarity with the poetry guild, as it were: sustenance coming from the assent of your peers on the judging panel. "
" The line is a way of framing poetry. All verse is measured by lines. The poetic line immediately announces its difference from everyday speech and prose. "
" There are men who can write poetry, and there are men who can read balance sheets. The men who can read balance sheets cannot write. "
Henry R. Luce
" Some say they see poetry in my paintings; I see only science. "
" If there were no poetry on any day in the world, poetry would be invented that day. For there would be an intolerable hunger. "
" I think there are things in my story that have helped my creativity. Your father being killed, for instance, is one of the best things that could happen to a kid if he's going to write poetry or songs. "
" Poetry is my cheap means of transportation. By the end of the poem the reader should be in a different place from where he started. I would like him to be slightly disoriented at the end, like I drove him outside of town at night and dropped him off in a cornfield. "
" The crown of literature is poetry. "
W. Somerset Maugham