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Translation is an interestingly different way to be involved both with poetry and with the language that I've found myself living in much of the time. I think the two feed each other.
I think that's what poetry does. It allows people to come together and identify with a common thing that is outside of themselves, but which they identify with from the interior.
Poetry is the most intimate of all writing. I want to speak first from me to myself and then from me to you.
Frankly, writing poetry for children is plain old fun, and I consider myself blessed to have such a delightful career.
One of the things that is wonderful about hymns is that they are a sort of universally shared poetry, at least among certain populations.
I'm quite sure that most writers would sustain real poetry if they could, but it takes devotion and talent.
The trouble with us in America isn't that the poetry of life has turned to prose, but that it has turned to advertising copy.
I've always written. When I was in school, the only teacher who ever liked me was my creative writing teacher. I used to enter poetry competitions, and I don't think I ever lost one. So I had the idea for a while of being some kind of poet.
Justin Townes Earle
Eloquence is the poetry of prose.
William C. Bryant
So I really began as a failed poet - although when I first wanted to be a writer, I learned to write prose by reading poetry.
Poetry has, in a way, been my bridge to my acting career.
Well, I had this little notion - I started writing when I was eleven, writing poetry. I was passionately addicted to it; it was my great refuge through adolescence.
I wanted to reimagine the role, in a way that was respectful of its traditional responsibilities but made them part of a wider pattern of poetry about national incidents, events, preoccupations; and to spend a great deal of time going to schools trying to demystify poetry.
I'm not precisely saying that a really good board meeting at the MLA (Museums, Libraries and Archives Coucil) makes me want to go and write poetry, but there is a pleasure in doing that sort of thing well.
Thanks partly to the kind of poets that we now have and partly to funding, there's been a gigantic shift in the way poetry is perceived... Poems on the Underground, poets in schools, football clubs, zoos.
A great many people seem to think writing poetry is worthwhile, even though it pays next to nothing and is not as widely read as it should be.
I would say that American poetry has always been a poetry of personal testimony.
But poetry is my life. Poetry is what matters to me.
Poetry should be able to reach everybody, and it should be able to appeal to all levels of understanding.
There are so many things that poetry is about, one of which is memory.
I think many people love poetry who don't know they love it. People are sometimes afraid of poetry, or they've been introduced to poetry that doesn't speak to them.
I can find some way to make poetry out of my life's experiences.
The idea that myth is the opposite of knowledge, or the opposite of truth, is simply to disallow it. It is like saying poetry is the opposite of truth.
Music pulled me like a gravitational force. I entered college as a physics major but left as a Bachelor of Music, a degree with the same practical application as, say, one in the History of Chinese Poetry.
I've been writing a lot of poetry recently. It helps me think and work things out.
John F. Kennedy
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