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" There is something about poetry beyond prose logic, there is mystery in it, not to be explained but admired. "
" I don't think you can read poetry while you're watching television very well. "
" Anybody serious about poetry knows how hard it is to achieve anything worthwhile in it. "
" With several different kinds of poetry to choose from, a man would decide that he would like best to be an epic poet, and he would set out, in conscious determination, on an epic poem. "
" Poetry is more a threshold than a path. "
" I was raised on songs of poetry like Simon and Garfunkel and Cat Stevens and Neil Young, etc. I love those old songs probably the most because they hit me so deep down in my core. "
" Poetry should be great and unobtrusive, a thing which enters into one's soul, and does not startle it or amaze it with itself, but with its subject. "
" When I was asked to be Writer in Residence at Edinburgh I thought, you can't teach poetry. This is ridiculous. "
" Poetry is a form of necessary speech... I have sought to restore the aura of sacred practice that accompanies true poetic creation, to honor both the rational and the irrational elements of poetry. "
" I write the occasional poem. I think my dabbling in poetry makes me better at screenplays. Poetry teaches the value of condensing, the importance of talking in a few words. "
" 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
" I have felt great advances in my poetry, the main one being a growing victory over word nuances and a superfluity of adjectives. "
" For me, there is a paradox in poetry, which is like the paradox in tragedy. You have the most terrible subject, but it's in a form that is so sensually gratifying that it connects the surviving heart to the despairing intellect. "
" 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. "
" Everybody interprets things differently with their own perception, and I want poetry to pull out of them their own feelings. "
" I like poems that are little games. "
" Poetry and consumption are the most flattering of diseases. "
" There are still many tribal cultures where poetry and song, there is just one word for them. There are other cultures with literacy where poetry and song are distinguished. But poetry always remembers that it has its origins in music. "
" Poetry is something that happens in universities, in creative writing programs or in English departments. "
" The poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese. "
Gilbert K. Chesterton
" Poetry is like a bird, it ignores all frontiers. "
" Well, I still write poetry, but I wouldn't call myself a poet. "
" In all my work, in the movies I write, the lyrics, the poetry, the prose, the essays, I am saying that we may encounter many defeats - maybe it's imperative that we encounter the defeats - but we are much stronger than we appear to be and maybe much better than we allow ourselves to be. Human beings are more alike than unalike. "
" Women who are inclined to write poetry at all are inspired by being mad at something. "
" There'll always be working people in my poems because I grew up with them, and I am a poet of memory. "
" Wanted: a needle swift enough to sew this poem into a blanket. "
" You don't have to suffer to be a poet; adolescence is enough suffering for anyone. "
" A public expectation, it has to be said, not of poetry as such but of political positions variously approvable by mutually disapproving groups. "
" Poetry involves the mysteries of the irrational perceived through rational words. "
" Poetry is thoughts that breathe, and words that burn. "
" By all means use some time to be alone. "