on poetry

February 19, 2018

“These days, poetry is often thought of as a mode of self-expression; the subject for a lot of poets is their own self-absorption. Poems are thought of as acts of individualism. What we have forgotten, however, is that the roots of poetry are deeply social. The earliest poems were songs of ritual that celebrated the resources of the world around us; the earliest poems were also a means of recording tribal histories.”
Rick Barot
(b. February 19, 1969)

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Quote from “Tribute to Lawson Inada”

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on writing

February 11, 2018


“Good writing never soothes or comforts. It is no prescription, neither is it diversionary, although it can and should enchant while it explodes in the reader’s face.”
Joy Williams
(b. February 11, 1944)

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Photo: © Rollie McKenna
Quote: Ill Nature: Rants and Reflections on Humanity and Other Animals

on poetry

January 30, 2018

“I have always wanted to write a book that ended with the word ‘mayonnaise’.”
Richard Brautigan
(January 30, 1935 – ca. September 16, 1984)

on poetry

January 22, 2018

“If I do not write to empty my mind, I go mad.”
Lord Byron (George Gordon)
(January 22, 1788 – April 19, 1824)

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Lord Byron painted by Thomas Phillips in 1813. Venizelos Mansion, Athens

on poetry

January 15, 2018

The people need poetry that will be their own secret
to keep them awake forever,
and bathe them in the bright-haired wave
of its breathing.
Osip Mandelstam
(January 15, 1891 – December 27, 1938)

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on poetry

December 22, 2017


“Against the ruin of the world, there is only one defense — the creative act.”
Kenneth Rexroth
(December 22, 1905 – June 6, 1982)

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on poetry

December 16, 2017

“There are books in which the footnotes, or the comments scrawled by some reader’s hand in the margin, are more interesting than the text. The world is one of those books.”
George Santayana
(December 16, 1863 – September 26, 1952)

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