on poetry

September 11, 2018

“Teach this poem to forgive itself, so it will stop beating me up from the inside.”
Ryler Dustin
(b. September 11)

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on poetry

September 10, 2018


“Words were her plague and words were her redemption.”

H.D.
(September 10, 1886 – September 27, 1961)

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on poetry

August 28, 2018

“If we’re going to solve the problems of the world, we have to learn how to talk to one another. Poetry is the language at its essence. It’s the bones and the skeleton of the language. It teaches you, if nothing else, how to choose your words.”
Rita Dove
(b. August 28, 1952)

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photo by Fred Viebahn

on poetry

August 9, 2018


“Originality is being different from oneself, not others.”

Philip Larkin
(August 9, 1922 – December 2, 1985)

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on poetry

July 27, 2018


“I live for those moments when language itself takes over the enterprise, and insight races ahead of knowledge. Occasionally I have things to say, or there is something I want to describe. But these are not my main reasons for writing.”
Michael Longley
(b. July 27, 1939)

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photo by Bobbie Hanvey

on poetry

July 19, 2018

“Formerly I believed books were made like this: a poet came, lightly opened his lips, and the inspired fool burst into song — if you please! But it seems, before they can launch a song, poets must tramp for days with callused feet, and the sluggish fish of the imagination flounders softly in the slush of the heart. And while, with twittering rhymes, they boil a broth of loves and nightingales, the tongueless street merely writhes for lack of something to shout or say.”
Vladimir Mayakovsky
July 19, 1893 – April 14, 1930

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portrait of Vladimir Mayakovsky by Aleksandr Rodchenko
quote from The Bedbug and Selected Poetry

on poetry

July 7, 2018

“There’s a difference between writing about something and living through it.”
Margaret Walker
(July 7, 1915 – November 30, 1998)

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