Quotes About Poetry

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Anna Kamieńska
“I write in order to comprehend, not to express myself.”
Anna Kamieńska

Edwin Arlington Robinson
“Whenever Richard Cory went down town,
We people on the pavement looked at him:
He was a gentleman from sole to crown,
Clean favored, imperially slim.

And he was always quietly arrayed,
And he was always human when he talked;
But still he fluttered pulses when he said,
'Good-morning,' and he glittered when he walked.

And he was rich--yes, richer than a king--
And admirably schooled in every grace:
In fine, we thought that he was everything
To make us wish that we were in his place.

So on we worked, and waited for the light,
And went without the meat, and cursed the bread;
And Richard Cory, one calm summer night,
Went home and put a bullet through his head.”
Edwin Arlington Robinson

Michael Pollan
“A garden should make you feel you've entered privileged space -- a place not just set apart but reverberant -- and it seems to me that, to achieve this, the gardener must put some kind of twist on the existing landscape, turn its prose into something nearer poetry.”
Michael Pollan, Second Nature: A Gardener's Education

Saul Williams
“i laced my shoes with sorrow
and walked a weary road
dead end streets
don't come undone
with double knots

wing tipped shoes
that walk on air
through vacant lots”
Saul Williams

Gaston Bachelard
“We must listen to poets.”
Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space

Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Imagination is a very high sort of seeing, which does not come by study, but by the intellect being where and what it sees, by sharing the path, or circuits of things through forms, and so making them translucid to others.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Jim Harrison
“Wherever we go we do harm, forgiving
ourselves as wheels do cement for wearing
each other out. We set this house
on fire, forgetting that we live within.

(from "To a Meadowlark," for M.L. Smoker)”
Jim Harrison

Czesław Miłosz
“It is sweet to think I was a companion in an expedition that never ends”
Czesław Miłosz

Adam Zagajewski
“I drink from a small spring, / my thirst excedes the ocean.”
Adam Zagajewski

Santōka Taneda
“Real haiku is the soul of poetry. Anything that is not actually present in one's heart is not haiku. The moon glows, flowers bloom, insects cry, water flows. There is no place we cannot find flowers or think of the moon. This is the essence of haiku. Go beyond the restrictions of your era, forget about purpose or meaning, separate yourself from historical limitations—there you will find the essence of true art, religion, and science.”
Santōka Taneda, Mountain Tasting: Haiku and Journals of Santoka Taneda

“No matter how you feel you have to act
like you are very popular with yourself;
very relaxed and purposeful
very unconfused
and not
like you are walking through the sunshine
in chains.”
Tony Hoagland

G.K. Chesterton
“Even the moon is only poetical because there is a man in the moon.”
G.K. Chesterton, The Man Who Was Thursday

Samuel Butler
“[P]oetry resembles metaphysics: one does not mind one's own, but one does not like anyone else's.”
Samuel Butler

“One can not understand language because language cannot understand itself; does not want to understand”

Algernon Charles Swinburne
“If you were queen of pleasure
And I were king of pain
We'd hunt down love together
Pluck out his flying-feather,
And teach his feet a measure,
And find his mouth a rein;
If you were queen of pleasure
And I were king of pain.”
Algernon Charles Swinburne

Khalil Gibran
“You are my brother and I love you. I love you worshipping in your church, kneeling in your temple, and praying in your mosque. You and I and all are children of one religion, for the varied paths of religion are but the fingers of the loving hand of the Supreme Being, extended to all, offering completeness of spirit to all, anxious to receive all.”
Khalil Gibran, The Prophet and Other Writings

Michael Oakeshott
“Poetry is a sort of truancy, a dream within the dream of life, a wild flower planted among our wheat.”
Michael Oakeshott

“Verses which do not teach men new and moving truths do not deserve to be read.”

Albert Cohen
“Un soir qu'ils étaient couchés l'un près de l'autre, comme elle lui demandait d'inventer un poème qui commencerait par je connais un beau pays, il s'exécuta sur-le-champ. Je connais un beau pays Il est de l'or et d'églantine Tout le monde s'y sourit Ah quelle aventure fine Les tigres y sont poltrons Les agneaux ont fière mine À tous les vieux vagabonds Ariane donne des tartines. Alors, elle lui baisa le la main, et il eut honte de cette admiration.”
Albert Cohen, Belle du Seigneur

Anne Carson
“[Short Talk on Sylvia Plath] Did you see her mother on television? She said plain, burned things. She said I thought it an excellent poem but it hurt me. She did not say jungle fear. She did not say jungle hatred wild jungle weeping chop it back chop it. She said self-government she said end of the road. She did not say humming in the middle of the air what you came for chop.”
Anne Carson

“It was not like everyone had said.
Not like being needed,
or needing; not desperate;
it did not whisper
that I'd come to harm. I didn't lose

my head. No, I was not
going to leap from a great
height and flap
my wings.
It was in fact

the opposite of flying:
it contained the wish
to be toppled, to be on the floor,
the ground, anywhere I might
lie down. . . .

On my back, and you on me.”
Deborah Garrison, A Working Girl Can't Win
tags: poetry

Khalil Gibran
“I came here to be for all and with all,
and what I do today in my solitude
will be echoed tomorrow by the multitude.

What I say now with one heart
will be said tomorrow by thousands of hearts...”
Khalil Gibran, The Prophet and Other Writings

“One cannot make bargains for blisses
Or catch them like fishes in nets
And sometimes the things that life misses
Help more than the things that it gets. ”
Alice Carey

Rainer Maria Rilke
“His vision, from the constantly passing bars,
has grown so weary that it cannot hold
anything else. It seems to him there are
a thousand bars, and behind the bars, no world.

As he paces in cramped circles, over and over,
the movement of his powerful soft strides
is like a ritual dance around a center
in which a mighty will stands paralyzed.

Only at times, the curtain of the pupils
lifts, quietly. An image enters in,
rushes down through the tense, arrested muscles,
plunges into the heart and is gone.”
Rainer Maria Rilke
tags: poetry

Ariana Reines
“Shit is disgusting and horrible. A lot of people and things are disgusting and horrible, and I want to be a nice person, and I am. When you are speaking about rejected people whose suffering makes them disgusting, you are speaking about shit. I do not mean that we should all eat shit and love what we can’t help rejecting. I am saying that I tried to do that, just to see if it was possible.

It’s not possible. ”
Ariana Reines

Aidan Chambers
“a joy that hurts with sadness
a sadness that is pleasurable
a pleasure full of terror
a terror that excites
an excitement that calms
a calmness that frightens.”
Aidan Chambers, Nik: Now I Know

Jim Harrison
“A poet must discover that it’s his own story that is true, even if the truth is small indeed.”
Jim Harrison

“We are each what never leaves us, what we never see
the back of
is the self. But what loves us

is at the back, as Eurydice was
escorting him out
without his knowing.”
Christina Davis, Forth A Raven

Stanley Kunitz
“...few young poets [are] testing their poems against the ear. They're writing for the page, and the page, let me tell you, is a cold bed.”
Stanley Kunitz
tags: poetry

Santosh Kalwar
“Science ask facts and religion ask faith, humans are confused between life and death.”
Santosh Kalwar

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