Quotations on Poems

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If I wasn't writing poems I'd be washing my hands all the time.
- Sherman Alexie
(Keywords: Time, Poems, Writing)

Besides the actual reading in class of many poems, I would suggest you do two things: first, while teaching everything you can and keeping free of it, teach that poetry is a mode of discourse that differs from logical exposition.
- A. R. Ammons
(Keywords: Poetry, Class, First, Poems, Reading, Teaching)

The ancient Greek oral poets all had this anxiety about the deficiencies of their memories and always began poems by praying to the Muse to help them remember.
- David Antin
(Keywords: Anxiety, Help, Memories, Poems, Poets)

I didn't think about whether I was writing poems. I was thinking. And the more I was thinking, the more there was I didn't understand.
- David Antin
(Keywords: Poems, Thinking, Writing)

All I wanted to do was write - at the time, poems, and prose, too. I guess my ambition was simply to make money however I could to keep myself going in some modest way, and I didn't need much, I was unmarried at the time, no children.
- Paul Auster
(Keywords: Money, Time, Ambition, Children, Poems, Prose)

Sometimes poetry is inspired by the conversation entered into by reading other poems.
- John Barton
(Keywords: Poetry, Conversation, Poems, Reading)

To me many short poems read and write like beginnings that simply whet my appetite; I want to get over that.
- John Barton
(Keywords: Appetite, Beginnings, Poems, Want)

I sometimes like to tinker with poems that have failed, ones that I have sent aside. Even years afterward, I will revisit them if there is something about them that I cannot give up on.
- John Barton
(Keywords: Poems, Will, Years)

Most victims of my autobiographical verse are either far too polite, remarkably understanding unaware that I have written poems about them.
- John Barton
(Keywords: Poems, Understanding, Victims)

Why does one always ask a writer why they stopped? I am sure everyone finds in any drawer a few dear poems.
- Peter Bichsel
(Keywords: Poems, Writer)

Criticism starts - it has to start - with a real passion for reading. It can come in adolescence, even in your twenties, but you must fall in love with poems.
- Harold Bloom
(Keywords: Love, Adolescence, Criticism, Passion, Poems, Reading)

What I'm fighting for now in my work... for an expression relevant to all manner of blacks, poems I could take into a tavern, into the street, into the halls of a housing project.
- Gwendolyn Brooks
(Keywords: Work, Expression, Fighting, Now, Poems, Project)

Today the U.S. is farther from being nourished by poetry than it was a hundred years ago, when books of poems were best-sellers.
- James Broughton
(Keywords: Poetry, Being, Books, Poems, Today, Years)

My earliest poems sing of the absolute necessity of allowing love to invade and pervade one's life. That can make the miracle happen in reality. Try it.
- James Broughton
(Keywords: Love, Life, Necessity, Poems, Reality)

I consider my films to be poems that are all as personal as my writing and as hand-made.
- James Broughton
(Keywords: Poems, Writing)

The reason one writes poems is so that your poem will be remembered.
- Peter Davison
(Keywords: Poems, Reason, Will)

I would like to be proud of having written some poems that will be remembered, but I will never know whether I will have any reason to be proud of that.
- Peter Davison
(Keywords: Poems, Reason, Will)

For instance, it's a little better now than it was two or three years ago, but something like 70% of the poems I receive seem to be written in the present indicative.
- Peter Davison
(Keywords: Now, Poems, Present, Years)

My favorite poets may not be your bread and butter. I have more favorite poems than favorite poets.
- Rita Dove
(Keywords: Favorite, May, Poems, Poets)

I have learned so much from working with other poets, travelling and reading with them, spending days discussing poems in progress. There is the sense that we are all, as writers, part of something which is more powerful than any of us.
- Helen Dunmore
(Keywords: Progress, Poems, Poets, Reading, Sense, Writers)

However, I began to submit poems to British magazines, and some were accepted. It was a great moment to see my first poems published. It felt like entering a tradition.
- Helen Dunmore
(Keywords: First, Poems, Tradition)

It's easy to understand why the most beautiful poems about England in the spring were written by poets living in Italy at the time.
- Philip Dunne
(Keywords: Time, England, Italy, Living, Poems, Poets, Spring)

By reason of weird translation, many such sets of instructions read like poems anyhow.
- Brian Ferneyhough
(Keywords: Poems, Reason)

I admire Ginsberg as a poet, despite the fact that he seems not to know when he is being good and when he is bad. But he will last, or at least those poems will last.
- Leslie Fiedler
(Keywords: Being, Fact, Poems, Will)

Of course the other and more serious way in which it all happens is that one finds in poems and language some quality one appropriates for oneself and wishes to reproduce.
- Robert Fitzgerald
(Keywords: Quality, Language, Poems, Wishes)

We all write poems; it is simply that poets are the ones who write in words.
- John Fowles
(Keywords: Poems, Poets, Words)

Well it is certainly the case that the poems - which were in fact published during Shakespeare's lifetime - are weird if they began or originated in this form, as I think they did, because the poems get out of control.
- Stephen Greenblatt
(Keywords: Control, Fact, Poems, Shakespeare)

We tend to put poems into factions. And it restricts our reading.
- Thom Gunn
(Keywords: Poems, Reading)

I was reading the poems of Rochester. Rochester made himself out to be bisexual, but I think that was only to shock. Most of his poetry is sexual, even pornographic.
- Thom Gunn
(Keywords: Poetry, Poems, Reading)

I've been an inveterate reader of literary magazines since I was a teenager. There are always discoveries. You're sitting in your easy chair, reading; you realize you've read a story or a group of poems four times, and you know, Yes, I want to go farther with this writer.
- Marilyn Hacker
(Keywords: Literary, Poems, Reading, Want, Writer)

I learned to play guitar at a young age and converted poems and stuff that I had written to songs.
- Gregory Harrison
(Keywords: Age, Guitar, Play, Poems, Songs)

No poems can please for long or live that are written by water drinkers.
- Horace
(Keywords: Poems, Water)

On that other novels followed: but I still wrote fairy tales and dreamy poems of another world.
- Laurence Housman
(Keywords: Poems, World)

I wrote those poems for myself, as a way of being a soldier here in this country. I didn't know the poems would travel. I didn't go to Lebanon until two years ago, but people told me that many Arabs had memorized these poems and translated them into Arabic.
- June Jordan
(Keywords: Travel, People, Being, Country, Poems, Years)

The poets, therefore, however much they adorned the gods in their poems, and amplified their exploits with the highest praises, yet very frequently confess that all things are held together and governed by one spirit or mind.
- Lactantius
(Keywords: Gods, Mind, Poems, Poets, Spirit)

I am a genius who has written poems that will survive with the best of Shakespeare, Wordsworth and Keats.
- Irving Layton
(Keywords: Genius, Poems, Shakespeare, Will)

If I were assigned poems I suppose I'd write more of them but it is entirely voluntary and for the most part ignored in the market sense of the word so the language to me is most intimate, most important, most sublime and most satisfying when it gets done.
- Thomas Lynch
(Keywords: Language, Poems, Sense, Word)

Well, the great thing for me about poetry is that in good poems the dislocation of words, that is to say, the distance between what they say they're saying and what they are actually saying is at its greatest.
- Harry Mathews
(Keywords: Poetry, Poems, Saying, Words)

I try to apply colors like words that shape poems, like notes that shape music.
- Joan Miro
(Keywords: Music, Colors, Poems, Words)

Southern poets are still writing narrative poems, poems in forms, dramatic poems.
- Robert Morgan
(Keywords: Poems, Poets, Writing)

The Black Mountain poet I like most is the early Creeley. Those early poems seem very lyrical and very traditional, with a lot of voice and character.
- Robert Morgan
(Keywords: Character, Poems, Voice)

The notes I have made are not a diary in the ordinary sense, but partly lengthy records of my spiritual experiences, and partly poems in prose.
- Edvard Munch
(Keywords: Poems, Prose, Sense, Spiritual)

I was writing notes, but not composing poems. The Hunter began to develop out of this fragmented process.
- George Murray
(Keywords: Poems, Writing)

I've already written 300 space poems. But I look upon my ultimate form as being a poetic prose. When you read it, it appears to be prose, but within the prose you have embedded the techniques of poetry.
- Story Musgrave
(Keywords: Poetry, Being, Poems, Prose, Space)

I've thought of the last line of some poems for years and tried them out, It wouldn't work because the last line was much too beautiful for the poem.
- Howard Nemerov
(Keywords: Work, Thought, Poems, Years)

It all has to do with art - writing, painting, things I've done for a long time but just never had enough time to pursue. I have poetry - things that are designed for songs, but they're always poems first.
- Jason Newsted
(Keywords: Art, Poetry, Time, First, Painting, Poems, Songs, Writing)

Early on, if I was alone two three nights in a row, I'd start writing poems about suicide.
- Jack Nicholson
(Keywords: Poems, Suicide, Writing)

My poems - I don't even like the sound of that, in a way. Not that anyone else wrote them. But we know that only people who are really close to us care about our personal experience.
- Sharon Olds
(Keywords: Experience, People, Care, Poems, Sound)

Many poets write books. They'll tell you: Well, I've got my next book, but there are two poems I need to write, one about x, one about y. This is a wonder to me.
- Sharon Olds
(Keywords: Books, Poems, Poets, Wonder)

As a child, what captivated me was reading the poems myself and realizing that there was a world without material substance which was nevertheless as alive as any other.
- Mary Oliver
(Keywords: Poems, Reading, World)



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