Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Poetry Quotes of the Day

"A poem is a way of capturing a moment."
Nikki Giovanni

"All poetry is an ordered voice, one which tries to tell you about
a vision in the unvisionary language of farm, city and love."
Paul Engle

"You can do anything with images. A poet can make anything, do anything, make us see, hear, feel, smell, imagine anything she wants."
Gilliam Clarke

"Poetry is the breath and finer spirit of all knowledge."
William Wordsworth

"What has any poet to trust more than the feel of the thing? Theory concerns
him only until he picks up his pen, and it begins to concern him again as soon
as he lays it down... But when the pen is in his hand he has to write by itch and
twitch, though certainly his itch and twitch are intimately conditioned by all
his past itching and twitching, and by all his past theorizing."
John Ciardi

"There is poetry as soon as we realize that we possess nothing."
John Cage

"Art, whose honesty must work through artifice, cannot avoid cheating truth."
Adrienne Rich

"Poetry is what a bookstore puts in the section of that name.
From such a definition one can proceed to the kind of
poetry one prefers or admires..."
Robert Pinsky

"Poetry is the art of creating imaginary gardens with real toads."
Marianne Moore

"Poetry is rather an approach to things, to life, than it is typographical production."
Joseph Brodsky

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