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No poem is easily grasped; so why should any reader expect fast results?
A poem need not have a meaning and like most things in nature often does not have.
Is there any purpose to translating poetry? A poem does not contain information of importance, like a signpost or a warning notice.
It's always like you write a poem when you can't really say what you're trying to say.
Peace goes into the making of a poem as flour goes into the making of bread.
Every single soul is a poem.
No other human being, no woman, no poem or music, book or painting can replace alcohol in its power to give man the illusion of real creation.
A poem can have an impact, but you can't expect an audience to understand all the nuances.
A poem records emotions and moods that lie beyond normal language, that can only be patched together and hinted at metaphorically.
I never felt oppressed because of my gender. When I'm writing a poem or drawing, I'm not a female; I'm an artist.
At the point where I'm trying to force something and it's not happening, and I'm getting frustrated with, say, writing a poem, I can go and pick up the brushes and start painting. At the point where the painting seems to not be going anywhere, I go and pick up the guitar.
There's a crystallization that goes on in a poem which the young man can bring off, but which the middle-aged man can't.
I'm writing a poem right now about a nose. I've always wanted to write a poem about a nose. But it's a ludicrous subject. That's why, when I was younger, I was afraid of something that didn't make a lot of sense. But now I'm not. I have nothing to worry about. It doesn't matter.
If you can say the lyrics almost like a poem and they stand up, that's a great thing. Some songs have great lyrics and I don't like the melodies, and vice versa.
Harry Connick, Jr.
Critics? How do they happen? I know how it happened to me. I would send a poem or story to a magazine and they would say this doesn't suit our needs precisely but on the other hand you sound interesting. Would you be interested in doing a review?
Jews have a special relationship to books, and the Haggadah has been translated more widely, and reprinted more often, than any other Jewish book. It is not a work of history or philosophy, not a prayer book, user's manual, timeline, poem or palimpsest - and yet it is all these things.
Jonathan Safran Foer
Manipulating shadows and tonality is like writing music or a poem.
The moment of change is the only poem.
To read a poem is to hear it with our eyes; to hear it is to see it with our ears.
If a poem is not memorable, there's probably something wrong. One of the problems of free verse is that much of the free verse poetry is not memorable.
Style is not something applied. It is something that permeates. It is of the nature of that in which it is found, whether the poem, the manner of a god, the bearing of a man. It is not a dress.
I sometimes talk about the making of a poem within the poem.
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.
Mostly the thought and the verse come inseparably. In my poem Poetics, it's as close as I come to telling how I do it.
Robert Frost had always said you mustn't think of the last line first, or it's only a fake poem, not a real one. I'm inclined to agree.
I've never read a political poem that's accomplished anything. Poetry makes things happen, but rarely what the poet wants.
If you read quickly to get through a poem to what it means, you have missed the body of the poem.
M. H. Abrams
For many years, I thought a poem was a whisper overheard, not an aria heard.
I have a high guilt quotient. A poem can go through as many as 50 or 60 drafts. It can take from a day to two years-or longer.
I keep the drafts of each poem in color-coded folders. I pick up the folders according to how I feel about that color that day.
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