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But short films are not inferior, just different. I think the short gives a freedom to film-makers. What's appealing is that you don't have as much responsibility for storytelling and plot. They can be more like a portrait, or a poem.
Rome was a poem pressed into service as a city.
I was in juvenile detention center, and I was in Rikers Island. And there was an anthology written by the inmates called 'The Pen,' and I - you know, I had a crush on a girl, and she left me when I was incarcerated. And I found this poem in this anthology that talked about having your heart broken and being incarcerated.
The figure a poem makes. It begins in delight and ends in wisdom... in a clarification of life - not necessarily a great clarification, such as sects and cults are founded on, but in a momentary stay against confusion.
Manipulating shadows and tonality is like writing music or a poem.
Every single soul is a poem.
Poetry is my cheap means of transportation. By the end of the poem the reader should be in a different place from where he started. I would like him to be slightly disoriented at the end, like I drove him outside of town at night and dropped him off in a cornfield.
Sometimes I feel as if I am read before I write. When I write a poem about my mother, Palestinians think my mother is a symbol for Palestine. But I write as a poet, and my mother is my mother. She's not a symbol.
In a poem, the words happen; they just come. I let them. Otherwise, I wouldn't write. To interfere with what is happening is to distort the poem. Just a very small degree of intelligence and supervision is necessary. Very tactful. Any revision later that violates the text as it came, that begins rewriting the words, is fake.
What inspires a poem for me is usually a moment.
There's a lot of rage in my head. I like the friction that means there is nothing relaxing about writing a poem. I can't afford to relax in any area of life. You have to keep your senses awake to all the complacency that kicks in - particularly for the English.
My favorite poem ever was 'Annabel Lee' by Edgar Allan Poe.
I write some country music. There's a song called 'I Hope You Dance.' Incredible. I was going to write that poem; somebody beat me to it.
Like a pianist runs her fingers over the keys, I'll search my mind for what to say. Now, the poem may want you to write it. And then sometimes you see a situation and think, 'I'd like to write about that.' Those are two different ways of being approached by a poem, or approaching a poem.
I have never started a poem yet whose end I knew. Writing a poem is discovering.
A poem is a naked person... Some people say that I am a poet.
The United States themselves are essentially the greatest poem.
Like a French poem is life; being only perfect in structure when with the masculine rhymes mingled the feminine are.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
I thought I'd begin by reading a poem by Shakespeare, but then I thought, why should I? He never reads any of mine.
Ordering a man to write a poem is like commanding a pregnant woman to give birth to a red-headed child.
The first time I got onstage was when I was about 5 years old. It was at a church social, and I had a poem to recite.
A poem is true if it hangs together. Information points to something else. A poem points to nothing but itself.
E. M. Forster
Peace goes into the making of a poem as flour goes into the making of bread.
There is something about a bureaucrat that does not like a poem.
I don't think writers are sacred, but words are. They deserve respect. If you get the right ones in the right order, you can nudge the world a little or make a poem which children will speak for you when you're dead.
John F. Kennedy
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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