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If you want poets in space, you'll have to wait.
The sound of water is worth more than all the poets' words.
I'm very conscious that people dear to me are alive in my imagination - poets in particular.
My favorite poets may not be your bread and butter. I have more favorite poems than favorite poets.
Some of my favorite poets had a tremendous sense of whimsy, so it's a writing style I guess I admire.
All poets are idlers, even if all idlers are not poets.
I hear poets complaining: 'We face what our forebears did not face. We face TV. We face radio. We face this and that.'
There are very few great poets in the world.
Tahar Ben Jelloun
In the Western tradition, the first writers were teachers and historians, vastly traveled, who spiced their reports with fantasies. They were also poets who sang and entertained prince and pauper.
F. Sionil Jose
I meet kids now who become novelists, poets, write for the theater and movies, who were simply inspired by what they saw during the Spoleto Festival.
Rarest of the real poets are born poets. They are the oddballs, not the professors.
Poets, for example, are generally considered starry-eyed and sensitive, but only by those who have never encountered one.
Has the painter not always gone to an art school, or at least to an established master, for instruction? And the composer, the sculptor, the architect? Then why not the writer? Good poets, like good hybrid corn, are both born and made.
The 1960s was a period when writers in the West began to be aware of the extraordinary eloquence and popular attraction of the Russian poets such as Yevtushenko and Voznesensky - oppositional figures who could draw crowds. The Russian poets recited from memory as a matter of course.
Maybe the example of Southern fiction writing has been so powerful that Southern poets have sort of keyed themselves to that.
Sylvia Plath, Rumi, there's a lot of spoken word poets who do a really incredible job putting their spoken work into page poetry - that's what I strive to do.
In the world of poetry there are would-be poets, workshop poets, promising poets, lovesick poets, university poets, and a few real poets.
Most poets, like most people, try hard to be like someone they admire or they are possessed with an image of what they ought to be.
The American public does not know poets exist.
Of poets I put Virgil first - he was greatest.
Poets can't resist the dramatic pull of their lives and so inevitably write autobiographical verse.
Amy Winehouse and Paul Weller are examples of poets, I think.
Poets that lasting marble seek Must come in Latin or in Greek.
When I began writing, I didn't read any other children's poets... I didn't want to be influenced until I'd found my own voice. Now I read them all.
I put it to you that there are no British poets, there are no British novelists. I have heard myself described as one, but I think really I'm an English novelist; there are Scottish poets and Scottish novelists.
John F. Kennedy
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