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    A novel is what you call something that won't sell if you call it poems or short stories.
    — Walker Percy
    tags: novel  stories  poem  sell 
     
    When a poem is really finished, you can't change anything. You can't move words around. You can't say, 'In other words, you mean.' No, that's not it. There are no other words in which you mean it. This is it.
    — W. S. Merwin
    tags: poem 
     
    Any work of art makes one very simple demand on anyone who genuinely wants to get in touch with it. And that is to stop. You've got to stop what you're doing, what you're thinking, and what you're expecting and just be there for the poem for however long it takes.
    — W. S. Merwin
    tags: work  thinking  poem 
     
    Modern poetry, for me, began not in English at all but in Spanish, in the poems of Lorca.
    — W. S. Merwin
    tags: poetry  poem 
     
    A lot of the stuff that I see, because it's part of the work that I do, is look at pictures and photographs and sculpture and all the rest of that. I also spend a lot of time looking at the people on my street, and all of it simply exists in sort of this tremendous forceful wash of reality out of which comes, what I hope, are these shapely recognitions of reality, which are my poems.
    — W. S. Di Piero
    tags: time  people  work  reality  poem  hope 
     
    God may reduce you on Judgment Day to tears of shame, reciting by heart the poems you would have written, had your life been good.
    — W. H. Auden
    tags: heart  tears  shame  god  poem 
     
    Organic growth is a cyclical process; it is just as true to say that the oak is a potential acorn as it is to say the acorn is a potential oak. But the process of writing a poem, of making any art object, is not cyclical but a motion in one direction toward a definite end.
    — W. H. Auden
    A poem is a verbal artifact which must be as skillfullyand solidly constructed as a table or a motorcycle.
    — W. H. Auden
    tags: poem 
     
    One demands two things of a poem. Firstly, it must be a well-made verbal object that does honor to the language in which it is written. Secondly, it must say something significant about a reality common to us all, but perceived from a unique perspective. What the poet says has never been said before, but, once he has said it, his readers recognize its validity for themselves.
    — W. H. Auden
    Far from his illness The wolves ran on through the evergreen forests, The peasant river was untempted by the fashionable quays; By mourning tongues The death of the poet was kept from his poems.
    — W. H. Auden
    tags: death  illness  poem  poet 
     
    By mourning tongues The death of the poet was kept from his poems.
    — W. H. Auden
    tags: death  poem  poet 
     
    I used to try and concentrate the poem so much that there wasn't a word that wasn't essential. This leads to becoming boring and constipated.
    — W. H. Auden
    tags: poem 
     
    The poet marries the language, and out of this marriage the poem is born.
    — W. H. Auden
    tags: language  poem  poet  marriage  marry 
     
    The chances are that, in the course of his lifetime, the major poet will write more bad poems than the minor, simply because major poets write a lot.
    — W. H. Auden
    tags: chance  bad  write  poem  poet 
     
    It has been said that a poem should not mean but be. This is not quite accurate. In a poem, as distinct from many other kinds of verbal societies, meaning and being are identical. A poem might be called a pseudo-person. Like a person, it is unique and addresses the reader personally. On the other hand, like a natural being and unlike a historical person, it cannot lie.
    — W. H. Auden
    if Saint Bruce doesn't like your poem, he chops your head off.
    — Vivian Vande Velde
    tags: poem 
     
    I came from the time of so-called New Criticism - the poem in itself, the writing in itself - but around that time I had come across a critic called Kenneth Burke, who wrote a book called A Rhetoric of Motives, and it seemed to talk about another way, and gradually I realized that other way was that the reader made a difference.
    — Vito Acconci
    tags: criticism  time  writing  book  poem 
     
    Historically, there are hierarchies of purity. Certain aspects of poetry are very, very pure. The lyric poem can't be anything but the lyric poem.
    — Vijay Seshadri
    tags: poetry  poem  lyrics 
     
    Genres have a history and impose a historical character upon the writer. What is interesting in the poem involves a certain kind of dramatization of the self that you don't have to engage in in the essay. In fact, the essay is a more social medium than the poem.
    — Vijay Seshadri
    I've always wanted editors that actually edited my poems.
    — Victoria Chang
    tags: poem 
     
    The language is spare and under control and has a genuine immediacy...The poems never preach but are lined out with a cool and therefore devastating effect
    — Vern Rutsala
    tags: language  control  poem 
     
    The true poem rests between the words.
    — Vanna Bonta
    tags: true  poem 
     
    Poetry is a subset of a Cosmos, which in itself, is a poem.
    — Vanna Bonta
    tags: poetry  poem 
     
    I am looking for a poem that says Everything so I don't have to write anymore.
    — Tukaram
    tags: write  poem 
     
    We have always made mistakes, but the greatest mistakes are the poems we have written.
    — Tristan Tzara
    tags: mistakes  poem 
     
    To make a poem, take one newspaper, one pair of scissors, snip the words one by one and put them in a bag. Shake gently, draw them out at random, and copy them conscientiously... DADA est mort. DADA est idiot. Vive DADA!
    — Tristan Tzara
    tags: poem  idiot 
     
    Bryan [Iguchi] had this beautiful philosophy about our connection with these incredible cycles. There's a line from one of his poems that always stays with me about 'This process we follow; this cycle we ride' and it's almost become a strap line for the film.
    — Travis Rice
    I know that in a poem, even when the speaker is speaking from the poet's experience, there's always something that's borrowed, some authority that sits outside of the poet that the poem has claimed. There's a dramatic pitch that makes the speaker capable of saying something more courageous or stranger or simply other than what the poet would be able to say.
    — Tracy K. Smith
    Poems infatuated with their own smarts and detached from any emotional grounding can leave the reader feeling lonely, empty and ashamed for having expected more. Like icy adolescents, such poetry is more interested in commiserating than acknowledging that feelings - the sentiments that make us susceptible to sentimentality - actually exist.
    — Tracy K. Smith
    tags: smart  emotional  poetry  poem 
     
    For me, a poem is an opportunity to kind of interrogate myself a little bit.
    — Tracy K. Smith
    Keetje Kuipers' poems are daring, formally beautiful and driven by rich imagery and startling ideas.
    — Tracy K. Smith
    tags: beautiful  poem  ideas 
     
    Often it is a moment rather than an event that makes a poem.
    — Tracy K. Smith
    tags: moment  poem 
     
    I think tension between the intimate and the vast is at the heart of every poem by any poet, though of course the terms with which it is explored vary. Perhaps it is something we seek out in order to affirm that our small lives are tethered to something large and ongoing.
    — Tracy K. Smith
    tags: heart  live  poem  poet 
     
    my poems covered the bare places in my childhood like the fine, new skin under a scab that hasn't yet fallen off completely.
    — Tove Ditlevsen
    tags: poem  childhood 
     
    I had a dream, in 1985, I believe, when a friend I'd gone to school with was sick - one of the first people I knew who'd gotten the AIDS virus. I had a dream of him in his bedroom with an angel crashing through the ceiling. I wrote a poem called 'Angels in America.' I've never looked at the poem since the day I wrote it.
    — Tony Kushner
    Martin's Monsanto poem holds devastating power. I heard the first public reading at the Resurgence Festival of well-being in London. It brought truth with clarity, not least with a kind of conviction and passion that is all too rare
    — Tony Juniper
    These poems possess intelligence, erudition, gravitas and urgency. Serious and moving in voice and ambition, this passionately lyrical and articulate work reminds me very much of the capacious, fierce and intelligent work of Adrienne Rich.
    — Tony Hoagland
    Peter Hyland's poems are both elegantly wrought and meditatively wild. They testify to an original, restless intelligence. He can cast his imagination into a woman's dress, the mind of a grasshopper, or into the glass eyeballs of a buffalo head mounted on the wall of a home in suburban Texas to contemplate 'man's tireless ingenuity.'
    — Tony Hoagland
    I should be writing a poem every morning but I'm not.
    — Tony D'Souza
    tags: writing  poem 
     
    A song is a poem set to music.
    — Tom T. Hall
    tags: song  music  poem 
     
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