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Too many people in the modern world view poetry as a luxury, not a necessity like petrol. But to me it's the oil of life.
For poetry there exists neither large countries nor small. Its domain is in the heart of all men.
The urge to write poetry is like having an itch. When the itch becomes annoying enough, you scratch it.
Robert Penn Warren
My father had wanted to name me for Dylan Thomas. He had seen him speak on one of those drunken poetry tours he did.
I found that it wasn't so oddball to like music and poetry and visual arts, they're kindred spirits.
J. Carter Brown
I think it was T.S. Eliot who talked about good poetry being felt before it's understood. I believe that. There are some bands where I love their lyrics but I don't have a clue what they're on about.
I don't think Auden liked my poetry very much, he's very Anglican.
All poetry has to do is to make a strong communication. All the poet has to do is listen. The poet is not an important fellow. There will also be another poet.
Religion is no more possible without prayer than poetry without language, or music without atmosphere.
There's not a good poet I know who has not at the beck and call of his memory a vast quantity of poetry that composes his mental library.
What is poetry which does not save nations or people?
Theater and poetry were what helped people stay alive and want to go on living.
I started off in England and very few people knew I was Australian. I mean, the clues were in the poems, but they didn't read them very carefully, and so for years and years I was considered completely part of the English poetry scene.
Poetry is of so subtle a spirit, that in the pouring out of one language into another it will evaporate.
Don't call my lyrics poetry. It's an insult to real poets.
You don't go after poetry, you take what comes. Maybe the gods do it through me but I certainly do a hell of a lot of the work.
This career essentially chased me down while I was on the spoken-word scene in New York. I kept hearing that my delivery of my poetry - which was very personal and cathartic at the time- was very moving to folks. People thought that I was an actress because of my delivery, when I was just dropping into the work and really pouring out my soul.
As I got older, I really got into Tupac's poetry, his books and just learning about his life and what he was into.
Let me read you some of my poetry. My poetry just takes me to another level.
Great poetry is always written by somebody straining to go beyond what he can do.
The mystic purchases a moment of exhilaration with a lifetime of confusion; and the confusion is infectious and destructive. It is confusing and destructive to try and explain anything in terms of anything else, poetry in terms of psychology.
I don't look on poetry as closed works. I feel they're going on all the time in my head and I occasionally snip off a length.
What does that represent? There was never any question in plastic art, in poetry, in music, of representing anything. It is a matter of making something beautiful, moving, or dramatic - this is by no means the same thing.
Poetry must be made by all and not by one.
Comte de Lautreamont
So much of my poetry begins with something that I can describe in visual terms, so thinking about distance, thinking about how life begins and what might be watching us.
Tracy K. Smith
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