on poetry

September 25, 2020


“Fundamentally,
I started writing
to save my life.”
Cherríe L. Moraga
(b. September 25, 1952)

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on poetry

September 13, 2020

“[Back when I was writing poetry,] I was surrounded by poetic language, feeling almost stifled as the language became increasingly heavier, stronger and thicker around me. Whatever I did, I came up against language. This time, when I tried writing something with no line divisions, something tightly filled with letters, something that involves clearer passage of time and characters’ actions, I felt that the language, which had become heavy and stiff, suddenly flowed freely.”
Hiromi Itō
(b. September 13, 1955)

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on poetry

September 7, 2020

“My personal hobbies are reading, listening to music, and silence.”
Edith Sitwell
(September 7, 1887 – December 9, 1964)

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on poetry

August 29, 2020

“A literary influence is never just a literary influence. It’s also an influence in the way you see everything — in the way you feel your life.”
Thom Gunn
(August 29, 1929 – April 25, 2004)

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quote from 1970 notebook, cited in At the Barriers: On the Poetry of Thom Gunn, Joshua Weiner, ed.

on poetry

August 19, 2020


“A poem that inspires others to write poems, a poem that gives rise to hundreds, even thousands of other poems is a poor second to a poem, or any work of art, that inspires even one person to change his or her life to turn toward greater meaning, or the quest for greater meaning.”
Li-Young Lee
(b. August 19, 1957)

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on poetry

August 17, 2020


“Silence is also a form of speaking.”
Herta Müller
(b. August 17, 1953)

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Photo U. Montan © The Nobel Foundation
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on poetry

August 7, 2020

“To recite my poems to an audience is to be slapped awake by my limitations. I confront the infinite chasm between the audience’s conception of Poet and the underwhelming evidence of me as that poet.”
Cathy Park Hong
(b. August 7, 1976)

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quote from Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning

on poetry

August 2, 2020


“You write in order to change the world … if you alter, even by a millimeter, the way people look at reality, then you can change it.”
James Baldwin
(August 2, 1924 – December 1, 1987)

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on poetry

July 29, 2020


“Publishing a book of poetry is like dropping
a rose petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo.”
Don Marquis
(July 29, 1878 – December 29, 1937)

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on poetry

July 22, 2020


“Until we are all free, we are none of us free.”
Emma Lazarus
(July 22, 1849 – November 19, 1887)

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