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Rainer Maria Rilke

Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point… Continue reading Rainer Maria Rilke

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Michel de Montaigne

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

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Giorgos Seferis

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.

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Allen Ginsberg

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

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