on poetry

September 16, 2019

“History is a succession of things that ought never to have happened, and the writing act is a kind of revenge against this.”
Breyten Breytenbach
(b. September 16, 1939)

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on poetry

September 3, 2019


“You must find your own quiet center of life, and write from that to the world.”
Sarah Orne Jewett
(September 3, 1849 – June 24, 1909)

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quote from a letter to Willa Cather, 1908

on poetry

August 26, 2019


“One reason I like to think in series and sequences is that it tends to pull us out of the problem of preciousness. In other words, if I have written ten poems or one hundred poems it becomes easier to cut one up or throw it away, or to see how a particularly bad poem I have written might have been necessary as a means to moving toward something more interesting.”
Laynie Browne
(b. August 26, 1966)

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on poetry

August 9, 2019

Rhyme is the rock on which thou art to wreck,
’Tis fatal to thy fame and to thy neck.
John Dryden
(August 9, 1631 – May 12, 1700)

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quote from Extracts from Absalom and Achitophel: Doeg and Og

on poetry

July 31, 2019


“Maybe you’re one of those people who writes poems, but rarely reads them. Let me put this as delicately as I can: If you don’t read, your writing is going to suck.”
Kim Addonizio
(b. July 31, 1954)
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quote: Ordinary Genius: A Guide for the Poet Within
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on poetry

July 24, 2019


“Nobody has ever measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold.”
Zelda Fitzgerald
(July 24, 1900 – March 10, 1948)

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on poetry

July 9, 2019


“I needed to go out and extend the margins of my world before I’d know anything worthy of a poem.”
Susan Rich
(b. July 9)

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