on poetry

July 30, 2021

“If I could I would always work in silence and obscurity, and let my efforts be known by their results.”
Emily Brontë
(July 30, 1818 – December 19, 1848)

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on poetry

July 25, 2021

“Look under the bed for poetry.”
Ruth Krauss
(July 25, 1901 – July 10, 1993)

on poetry

July 18, 2021

“…I write about what I feel is urgent and needs to be remembered and said again. Silence is the precipice to forgetting.”
Rigoberto González
(b. July 18, 1970)

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on poetry

July 13, 2021

“…get ready a basket first of all, in which to collect all your rejection slips and you must continue until that basket is full or your work is accepted. In other words, you just must continue writing; and once you accept that, then we can talk about what you want to write…”
Wole Soyinka
(b. July 13, 1934)

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on poetry

June 30, 2021

“As for being original, I think that every poet in a way is original because I think that a work of art really reflects the psyche of the artist. And sometimes it’s a problem, and sometimes it’s — don’t you think? — a sort of joy or something like that. And oftentimes the artist doesn’t really know what it is they’re getting rid of or expressing in a poem. They’re reaching for understanding, I think, lots of times, whether they know it or not. And this is what makes them — don’t you think? — original.”
Eleanor Ross Taylor
(June 30, 1920 – December 30, 2011)

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on poetry

June 25, 2021

“I keep thinking how my life would have been changed if I’d known earlier about this second throat, this poetry, this alternate way of processing my life.”
Patricia Smith
(b. June 25, 1955)

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on poetry

June 19, 2021

close-up photo of poet Mary TallMountain with her chin resting on her hand adorned with a large ring“It was a breakthrough to begin searching for my inner self.”
Mary TallMountain
(June 19, 1918 – September 2, 1994)

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on poetry

June 11, 2021

poet Renée Vivien with an upswept hairdo and a cat perched on each shoulder“I’m infected with the romantic fever. It began in my teens when I read Baudelaire in secret.”
Renée Vivien
(June 11, 1877 – November 18, 1909)

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on poetry

June 10, 2021

Maurice Sendak“Let the wild rumpus start!”
Maurice Sendak
(June 10, 1928 – May 8, 2012)
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on poetry

May 30, 2021


“I don’t come out of an oral tradition, I come out of silence.”
Colm Tóibín
(b. May 30, 1955)

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