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" Poetry is like a bird, it ignores all frontiers. "
" Naming a baby is an act of poetry, for many people the only creative moment of their lives. "
" I have been writing poetry for a long time now. I started writing in my school days. "
" Breathe-in experience, breathe-out poetry. "
" Poetry is the mother-tongue of the human race. "
Johann Georg Hamann
" Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance. "
" 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. "
" In high school I was very much involved in poetry. You cannot read a poem quickly. There's too much going on there. There are rhythms and alliterations. You have to read poetry slow, slow, slow to absorb it all. "
Eugene H. Peterson
" 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. "
" Poetry and consumption are the most flattering of diseases. "
" A poem is never finished, only abandoned. "
" Poetry always runs away from you - it's very difficult to grasp it, and every time you read it, depending on your conditions, you will have a different grasp of it. Whereas with a novel, once you have read it, you have grasped it. "
" I don't think you can read poetry while you're watching television very well. "
" There is an urgent need for Americans to look deeply into themselves and their actions, and musical poetry is perhaps the most effective mirror available. Every newspaper headline is a potential song. "
" A lot of ancient poetry sees in nature a reflection of human emotions, and in a post-industrialized era, once people have become more aware of the necessity of a more harmonious relation between man and nature, we need to build cities which can connect with human spiritual needs instead of being merely functional. "
" The Victorian language of flowers began with the publication of 'Le Language des Fleurs,' written by Charlotte de Latour and printed in Paris in 1819. To create the book - which was a list of flowers and their meanings - de Latour gathered references to flower symbolism throughout poetry, ancient mythology, and even medicine. "
" 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 was one of the things that interested me most as I was growing up. I used to write it in my head all the time. I still think the very greatest pleasure in life is to write a poem. "
" I have written some songs, but I would really call what I've done poetry at the end of the day, because I'll sit with my guitar for hours and hours on end for, like, a week and then I won't touch it for a month. I also just have no confidence. And you know what? I don't have time, because I'd rather be doing other things, like knitting. "
" I aspire to a poetry of great formal integrity, deep passion and high intellect, and I have many models for how to do that. "
" Poetry is that art which selects and arranges the symbols of thought in such a manner as to excite the imagination the most powerfully and delightfully. "
William C. Bryant
" A poet can survive everything but a misprint. "
" Hip-hop is about the brilliance of pavement poetry. "
Michael Eric Dyson
" 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. "
" A poet must be a psychologist, but a secret one: he should know and feel the roots of phenomena but present only the phenomena themselves in full bloom or as they fade away. "
" If you cannot be a poet, be the poem. "
" Time has a way of demonstrating that the most stubborn are the most intelligent. "
" Poetry is how I feed the soul, and it's how I fire the furnace of writing. "
Luis Alberto Urrea
" Publishing a volume of verse is like dropping a rose petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo. "
" I think poetry is the only domain where a writer you like can truly be said to influence you, because you read and reread a poem so many times that it simply drills itself into your head. "
" There's always a need at a critical time for poetry. "