Wandering creates the desert. – Edmond Jabès, quoted in A Nomad Poetics: Essays. Written by Pierre Joris. (Wesleyan November 5, 2003)
Much of poetry is an anguished waiting. — Theodore Roethke, On Poetry and Craft: Selected Prose. (Copper Canyon Press; First Edition (US) First Printing edition April 1, 2001) Originally published June 1st 1965.
IT is easier to write an indifferent poem than understand a good one. There is, indeed, a certain low and moderate sort of poetry that a man may well enough judge by certain rules of art; but the true, supreme, and divine Poetry is above all the rules of reason. Whoever discerns the beauty of… Continue reading Michel de Montaigne
But to say what you want to say, you must create another language and nourish it for years and years with what you have loved, with what you have lost, with what you will never find again. — Giorgos Seferis, A Poet’s Journal: Days of 1945-1951. (iUniverse November 23, 1999) Oribinally published January 1st 1974.
The true poet is all the time a visionary and whether with friends or not, as much alone as a man on his death bed. — W.B. Yeats
Poetry is words that are empowered to make your hair stand on end, that you realize instantly as being some form of subjective truth that has an objective reality to it, because somebody has realized it. Then you call it poetry later. — Allen Ginsberg remarking on Bob Dylan’s ability to write poetry, No Direction… Continue reading Allen Ginsberg
All true poetic genius tends to generate prophetic insight. The poet cannot help but listen to awakening voices that are not yet audible to the rest of men. – Thomas Merton, from “Rubén Darío,” The Literary Essays of Thomas Merton. (New Directions Publishing Corporation March 1, 1985)