on poetry

April 28, 2017

“If you’re going to say what you want to say, you’re going to hear what you don’t want to hear.”
Roberto Bolaño
(April 28, 1953 – July 15, 2003)

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on poetry

April 26, 2017


“You know, writing in form is a way of developing your thinking — your thinking along with the tradition. In a way, it’s not you alone, it’s you in partnership.”
Marilyn Nelson
(b. April 26, 1946)

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on poetry

April 15, 2017


“The language marches in step with the executioners. / Therefore we must get a new language.”
Tomas Tranströmer
(April 15, 1931 – March 26, 2015)

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quote from the poem “Night Duty” in The Great Enigma: New Collected Poems (New Directions)
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on poetry

April 8, 2017

“I have walked on words of nails / to knock on silences”
Phyllis Webb
(b. April 8, 1927)

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on poetry

March 31, 2017

“If society abolishes poetry it commits spiritual suicide.”
Octavio Paz
(March 31, 1914 – April 19, 1998)

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on poetry

March 22, 2017

“There’s a lot of waiting around until something happens.”
Billy Collins
(b. March 22, 1941)

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on poetry

March 18, 2017


“It is the job of the poet to make the reader cry.”
Michael S. Harper
(March 18, 1938 – May 7, 2016)

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quote from Bill Moyers, The Language of Life, 1995
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