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Eloquence is the poetry of prose.
William C. Bryant
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
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.
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.
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.
I've been writing a lot of poetry recently. It helps me think and work things out.
Poetry is also the physical self of the poet, and it is impossible to separate the poet from his poetry.
I don't want to bury anything in poetry.
Sharon Van Etten
I definitely wish to distinguish American poetry from British or other English language poetry.
Still, language is resilient, and poetry when it is pressured simply goes underground.
When I hit a block, regardless of what I am writing, what the subject matter is, or what's going on in the plot, I go back and I read Pablo Neruda's poetry. I don't actually speak Spanish, so I read it translation. But I always go back to Neruda. I don't know why, but it calms me, calms my brain.
I want to write a book of poetry, as well as children's stories.
As for political poetry, as it's usually defined, it seems there's very little good political poetry.
While I've had a great distaste for what's usually called song in modern poetry or for what's usually called music, I really don't think of speech as so far from song.
My old teacher's definition of poetry is an attempt to understand.
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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