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  • "For this reason poetry is something more philosophical and more worthy of serious attention than history."
    -- Aristotle

  • "Every American poet feels that the whole responsibility for contemporary poetry has fallen upon his shoulders, that he is a literary aristocracy of one."
    -- W. H. Auden

  • "Eloquence is the poetry of prose."
    -- William C. Bryant

  • "If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry."
    -- Emily Dickinson

  • "How poetry comes to the poet is a mystery."
    -- Elizabeth Drew

  • "She opened up a book of poems and handed it to me written by an Italian poet from the 13th century and every one of them words rang true and glowed like burning coal pouring off of every page like it was written in my soul from me to you."
    -- Bob Dylan

  • "When a poet's mind is perfectly equipped for its work, it is constantly amalgamating disparate experiences."
    -- T S Eliot

  • "Painting was called silent poetry and poetry speaking painting."
    -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • "Only poetry inspires poetry."
    -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • "Poetry is a way of taking life by the throat."
    -- Robert Frost

  • "The man is either mad, or he is making verses."
    -- Horace

  • "Good religious poetry . . . is likely to be most justly appreciated and most discriminately relished by the undevout."
    -- A. E. Housman

  • "I did not believe political directives could be successfully applied to creative writing . . . not to poetry or fiction, which to be valid had to express as truthfully as possible the individual emotions and reactions of the writer."
    -- Langston Hughes

  • "I went for years not finishing anything. Because, of course, when you finish something you can be judged . . . I had poems which were re-written so many times I suspect it was just a way of avoiding sending them out."
    -- Erica Jong

  • "As I am a poet I express what I believe, and I fight against whatever I oppose, in poetry."
    -- June Jordan

  • "Poetry, even when apparently most fantastic, is always a revolt against artifice, a revolt, in a sense, against actuality."
    -- James Joyce

  • "Poetry should surprise by a fine excess and not by singularity --it should strike the reader as a wording of his own highest thoughts, and appear almost a remembrance."
    -- John Keats

  • "Conventional wisdom notwithstanding, there is no reason either in football or in poetry why the two should not meet in a man's life if he has the weight and cares about the words."
    -- Archibald MacLeish

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

  • "I've never read a political poem that's accomplished anything. Poetry makes things happen, but rarely what the poet wants."
    -- Howard Nemerov

  • "And he whose fustian's so sublimely bad/ It is not poetry, but prose run mad."
    -- Alexander Pope

  • "I have written some poetry that I don't understand myself."
    -- Carl Sandburg

  • "Poetry is the record of the best and happiest moments of the happiest and best minds."
    -- Percy Bysshe Shelley

  • "Great poetry is always written by somebody straining to go beyond what he can do."
    -- Stephen Spender

  • "I owe everything to a system that made me learn by heart till I wept. As a result I have thousands of lines of poetry by heart. I owe everything to this."
    -- George Steiner

  • "Everything is complicated; if that we not so, life and poetry and everything else would be a bore."
    -- Wallace Stevens

  • "Good poetry seems too simple and natural a thing that when we meet it we wonder that all men are not always poets. Poetry is nothing but healthy speech."
    -- Henry David Thoreau

  • "How do poems grow? They grow out of your life."
    -- Robert Penn Warren

  • "All good poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquillity."
    -- William Wordsworth

  • "A poet's autobiography is his poetry. Anything else can be only a footnote."
    -- Yevgeny Yevtushenko

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    Houston Chronicle

    Emotions take center stage at Houston poetry festival
    Houston Chronicle
    In late July of 2009, a 15-year-old poet told her mother that she felt sad. She felt down and she couldn't figure out why. Young Zhalarina Sanders had just returned to her Tampa, Fla. home after spending a week in Chicago for the Brave New Voices ...



    The Atlantic

    Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal on Blindspotting and the Power of Poetry
    The Atlantic
    This story contains some spoilers for the film Blindspotting. Rafael Casal and Daveed Diggs believe the right words can dress wounds. The Oakland-bred duo, who wrote and co-star in the new movie, Blindspotting, speak of poetry as both craft and balm.

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    Poetry presentation workshop at Rice Aug. 10
    Foster's Daily Democrat
    Poetry lovers and readers are invited to participate in the Maine Poetry Express workshop at the Rice Public Library at 8 Wentworth St., Kittery. The workshop, scheduled for Aug. 10 from 10 a.m. to noon, is designed to help participants become more ...



    Jakarta Post

    Poetry in motion: enter the world of the 'scrap metal poet'
    Jakarta Post
    With its fairytale towers, quirky animated sculptures, fantastical constructions and musical fountains, the inventive world crafted out of discarded junk by the man known as the "Scrap Metal Poet" is tucked away deep in the northwestern French countryside.

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    Stevenson: Soul work with the poets
    Herald-Mail Media
    The inherent and blessed slowness that summer provokes takes me to the deck each morning to read poetry and let the soul and psyche converse with the other. As the years advance and before I go the way of all the Earth, I keep saying to myself: “Be real!



    American Life in Poetry: 'My Cousin, Milton'
    The Spokesman-Review
    In one of my recent columns, I wrote about the importance to the overall effect of a poem of having a strong ending, and here's a fine example of that. It's by Terri Kirby Erickson, a North Carolinian, from her book, “Becoming the Blue Heron ...



    Press-Enterprise

    Athletes and poets both excel by losing themselves in the Zen zone
    Press-Enterprise
    Given the dumb jock, sensitive bard stereotypes of athletes and poets, it might not seem like the two have much in common, but sports and poetry have always felt intimately connected to me.The symmetry isn't physical, but metaphysical. They align ...



    The Wire

    Simplicity, the Essence of Kedarnath Singh's Poetry
    The Wire
    However, it should not be assumed that Kedarnath Singh was a surrealist or mystic poet. On the contrary, he was plain and simple, both in life and in poetry. His poetry is essentially that of a common man – speaking in his language and dealing with his ...



    Bustle

    9 New Poetry Collections You Can Read On Your Lunch Break
    Bustle
    But poetry is, and always has been, more than simply transportive. Poetry is inherently political, emotional, and spiritual. Reading a poem is a meaningful act, a form of listening to other's voices and experiences that resonates far deeper than the page.



    The Local France

    Poetry in motion: enter the world of France's 'scrap metal poet'
    The Local France
    With its fairytale towers, quirky animated sculptures, fantastical constructions and musical fountains, the inventive world crafted out of discarded junk by the man known as the "Scrap Metal Poet" is tucked away deep in the northwestern French countryside.

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