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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.
That poetry survived in its formal agencies finally, and that prose survived to get something said.
Even the people who have had success and made money writing these books of fiction seem to feel the need to pretend it's no big deal, or part of a natural progression from poetry to fiction, but often it's really just about the money, the perceived prestige.
Otherwise I don't read much adult poetry at all, because I'm not smart enough and mostly I don't get it.
Not all poetry wants to be storytelling. And not all storytelling wants to be poetry. But great storytellers and great poets share something in common: They had something to say, and did.
Poets should ignore most criticism and get on with making poetry.
That's one of the great things about poetry; one realises that one does one's little turn - that you're just part of the great crop, as it were.
We simply have not kept in touch with poetry.
Poetry is of so subtle a spirit, that in the pouring out of one language into another it will evaporate.
I realized poetry's the thing that I can do 'cause I can stick at it and work with tremendous intensity.
The irony is, going to work every day became the subject of probably my best poetry.
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 don't live for poetry. I live far more than anybody else does.
I go to the gym, do some martial arts, and I love poetry. I have a tattoo of my family crest, and another on my back that says 'The Road Not Taken,' which is a poem by Robert Frost.
Steven R. McQueen
I liked painting and drawing, and I liked humanities mainly - poetry, literature - this speculative attitude toward life.
Meet some people who care about poetry the way you do. You'll have that readership. Keep going until you know you're doing work that's worthy. And then see what happens. That's my advice.
And how can poetry stand up against its new conditions? Its position is perfectly precarious.
John Crowe Ransom
And there are a lot more people reading poetry, but there are not so many people reading an individual poet.
It is a way we reassess our past. We can do that in poetry in ways we can't do in prose.
Poetry is composing for the breath.
Poetry was invented as an mnemonic device to enable people to remember their prayers.
She was the Judy Garland of American poetry.
When you're looking that far out, you're giving people their place in the universe, it touches people. Science is often visual, so it doesn't need translation. It's like poetry, it touches you.
Religious poetry, civic poetry, lyric or dramatic poetry are all categories of man's expression which are valid only if the endorsement of formal content is valid.
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.
John F. Kennedy
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