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The more poetry you have in the head, the more poetry you will understand because you will be getting to the roots of what it is that makes people write poetry at all. – Peter Davison

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Growing up, I think I always had a sense of art: a sense that there was poetry in the world. I didn’t know where I was going to find it. I didn’t know where I was going to fit in, that was for sure. But I kept moving forward. There wasn’t a future in anyt – Lance Henriksen

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They need to learn poetry. They don’t need to learn about poetry. They don’t need to be told how to interpret poetry. They don’t need to be told how to understand poetry. They need to learn it. – Peter Davison

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In Lithuania, I am known as a poet, and they don’t care about my cinema. In Europe, they don’t know my poetry, in Europe, I am a filmmaker. But here, in the United States, I am only a maverick! – Jonas Mekas

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Poetry is rather an approach to things, to life, than it is typographical production. – Joseph Brodsky

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Even the people who have had success and made money writing these books of fiction seem to feel the need to pretend it’s no big deal, or part of a natural progression from poetry to fiction, but often it’s really just about the money, the perceived presti – George Murray

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I had art as a major, along with English, French and History. I had dance, modern dance. In English I was allowed to write my own poetry, which I eventually got published. – Sally Kirkland

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Most people can’t tell now who wrote what. I like that blurring of identities within the band. because it becomes a unified thing that can’t be related to other forms of historical poetry. – Thurston Moore

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The first function of poetry is to tell the truth, to learn how to do that, to find out what you really feel and what you really think. – June Jordan

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With Shakespeare and poetry, a new world was born. New dreams, new desires, a self consciousness was born. I desired to know to know myself in terms of the new standards set by these books. – Peter Abrahams

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I see no reason for calling my work poetry except that there is no other category in which to put it. – Marianne Moore

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What we know is that Shakespeare wrote perhaps the most remarkable body of passionate love poetry in the English language to a young man. – Stephen Greenblatt

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Poetry is the work of poets, not of peoples or communities, artistic creation can never be anything but the production of an individual mind. – Lascelles Abercrombie

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If you go into a bar in most places in America and even say the word poetry, you’ll probably get beaten up. But poetry is a really strong, beautiful form to me, and a lot of innovation in language comes from poetry. – Jim Jarmusch

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I keep trying to define ‘poetry;’ but it’s so difficult. – Jack Gleeson

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I’m as much influenced by Joseph Smith and the Mormons as I am, more so, than by Eliot. Actually, I’m much more influenced by the poetry of the Mormons. – Marguerite Young

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The last thing a young artist should do in poetry or any other field is think about what’s in style, what’s current, what are the trends. Think instead of what you like to read, what do you admire, what you like to listen to in music. What do you like to – Robert Pinsky

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My friends never talk to me about my poetry because they’re embarrassed that I write it or they’re embarrassed by what I write about which are not such extraordinarily terrifying things, but they are the state of human existence. – Peter Davison

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A book is sent out into the world, and there is no way of fully anticipating the responses it will elicit. Consider the responses called forth by the Bible, Homer, Shakespeare – let alone contemporary poetry or a modern novel. – Chaim Potok

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However, I learned something. I thought that if the young person, the student, has poetry in him or her, to offer them help is like offering a propeller to a bird. – Norman MacCaig

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Otherwise I don’t read much adult poetry at all, because I’m not smart enough and mostly I don’t get it. – Jack Prelutsky

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The subject of Finnish poetry ought to have a special interest for the Japanese student, if only for the reason that Finnish poetry comes more closely in many respects to Japanese poetry than any other form of Western poetry. – Lafcadio Hearn

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Poetry and consumption are the most flattering of diseases. – William Shenstone

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It’s necessary to start most work alone. But I’m tickled to death when I can pull somebody in or join someone, whether it’s borrowing poetry or traveling with an associate. – Jenny Holzer

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So now I have a collection of poetry by Aaron Neville and I give it to people I want to share it with. I’d like to publish it someday. – Aaron Neville

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Even if you only want to write science fiction, you should also read mysteries, poetry, mainstream literature, history, biography, philosophy, and science. – Walter Jon Williams

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The irony is, going to work every day became the subject of probably my best poetry. – Philip Levine

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I don’t live for poetry. I live far more than anybody else does. – Charles Olson

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My obsession with time informs my poetry so completely it is hard for me to summarize it. We want time to pass, for new things to happen to us, we want to hold on to certain moments, we don’t want our lives to end. – John Barton

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As for political poetry, as it’s usually defined, it seems there’s very little good political poetry. – Kenneth Koch

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But for me, being an editor I’ve been an editor of all kinds of books being an editor of poetry has been the way in which I could give a crucial part of my time to what I love most. – Peter Davison

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Children seem naturally drawn to poetry – it’s some combination of the rhyme, rhythm, and the words themselves. – Jack Prelutsky

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Dealing with poetry is a daunting task, simply because the reason one does it as an editor at all is because one is constantly coming to terms with one’s own understanding of how to understand the world. – Peter Davison

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Frankly, writing poetry for children is plain old fun, and I consider myself blessed to have such a delightful career. – Jack Prelutsky

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Every so often I find some poems that are too good for the readers of The Atlantic because they are a little too involved with the nature of poetry, as such. – Peter Davison

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I look for poetry in English because it’s the only language I read. – Jack Prelutsky

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I realized poetry’s the thing that I can do ’cause I can stick at it and work with tremendous intensity. – Philip Levine

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The sources of poetry are in the spirit seeking completeness. – Muriel Rukeyser

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I started out as a writer. Poetry and prose and also kind of satirical David Sedaris-esque stuff. – Pauley Perrette

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I began to write poetry in high school, and would ride miles over sandy roads in the fine hills around Cedar Rapids, repeating the lines over and over until I had them right, making some of the rhythm of the horse help. – Paul Engle

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Poetry is the key to the hieroglyphics of nature. – David Hare

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I definitely wish to distinguish American poetry from British or other English language poetry. – Diane Wakoski

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Rap is rhythm and poetry. Hip-hop is storytelling and poetry as well. – Ajay Naidu

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Poetry leads us to the unstructured sources of our beings, to the unknown, and returns us to our rational, structured selves refreshed. – A. R. Ammons

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One of the rules of Greek lament poetry is that it mustn’t mention the dead by name in case of invoking a ghost. Maybe the ‘Iliad;’ crowded with names, is more than a poem. Maybe it’s a dangerous piece of the brightness of both this world and the next. – Alice Oswald

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Still, language is resilient, and poetry when it is pressured simply goes underground. – Diane Wakoski

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While I’ve had a great distaste for what’s usually called song in modern poetry or for what’s usually called music, I really don’t think of speech as so far from song. – David Antin

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The poet exposes himself to the risk. All that has been said about poetry, all that he has learned about poetry, is only a partial assurance. – A. R. Ammons

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Prose talks and poetry sings. – Franz Grillparzer

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My father loved poetry and music. But deep in himself he thought teaching the finest thing a person could do. – George Steiner

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