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And some poets are far better read off the page because they're very bad speakers. I'm thinking of one in particular whom I won't name, a good poet, and he reads in such a dry, boring way, your eyes start drooping.
Poets that lasting marble seek Must come in Latin or in Greek.
Don't call my lyrics poetry. It's an insult to real poets.
So much inspires me. People living their lives with courage, beauty of all kinds, nature in all its aspects, people I love and people I hardly know, and, of course, other poets.
Living at that pitch, on that edge, is something which many poets engage in to some extent.
If poets were realistic, they wouldn't be poets.
But there is some way in which poets believe that and this is dangerous, too believe that their calling gives them a certain freedom. A certain freedom to live in a free way.
The trouble with the performance poets is that they don't seem to have read anything. So there is not a real sense of the poetic tradition in their work.
Novelists and poets have existed side by side forever.
The way I process things, they way I express myself, is in comics, just as poets process things that they are trying to understand.
American poets celebrate their bodies, very specifically, as Whitman did.
The poet's other readers are the ancient poets, who look upon the freshly written pages from an incorruptible distance. Their poetic forms are permanent, and it is difficult to create new forms which can approach them.
In our period, they say there is free speech. They say there is no penalty for poets, There is no penalty for writing poems. They say this. This is the penalty.
I've had trouble with criticism, I guess. It's hard to know what role criticism plays in either encouraging poets or in getting other people to read them.
Poets are seen as the caretakers of language, so working with words no matter what the form is what we do.
They say poets write mostly for themselves; if anyone else likes it, well and good, if not, it doesn't matter; certainly, not to me.
We will certainly see teachers, journalists, artists and poets in space. Whatever it takes to the be the best is what it will take to get you into space.
The community of poets I belong to is not as close as it used to be, if only for the fact that our lives have become busier: jobs, children, and the like.
Poets, in their way, are practical men; they are interested in results.
My sisters were going out with artists and poets, and eventually it was the creative world which attracted me.
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.
When critics are waiting to pounce upon poetic style on exactly the same grounds as if it were prose, the poets tremble.
John Crowe Ransom
I'm an amalgam of the 19th-century romantics and the beat poets.
Concrete poets continue to turn out beautiful things, but to me they're more visual than oral, and they almost really belong on the wall rather than in a book. I haven't the least idea of where poetry is going.
Many poets, as you know, are not good readers.
John F. Kennedy
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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