poems quotes

There's one of my new poems actually - is a good example of where my poetry has ended up. My earlier river poetry was more like a cross between Shelley and Dylan Thomas.Robert Adamson

If I wasn't writing poems I'd be washing my hands all the time.Sherman Alexie

The reason a poet is a poet is to write poems, not to advertise himself as a poet.Yehuda Amichai

Besides the actual reading in class of many poems, I would suggest you do two things: first, while teaching everything you can and keeping free of it, teach that poetry is a mode of discourse that differs from logical exposition.A. R. Ammons

I didn't think about whether I was writing poems. I was thinking. And the more I was thinking, the more there was I didn't understand.David Antin

I was very committed to the process of composing, working at poems, putting things together and taking them apart like some kind of experimental filmmaker.David Antin

The ancient Greek oral poets all had this anxiety about the deficiencies of their memories and always began poems by praying to the Muse to help them remember.David Antin

I have to make myself write, sometimes. In the space between poems, you somehow forget how to do it, where to begin. It was good to be task - based for a while. I just came downstairs each day, picked the one I was going to do that day, and wrote.Simon Armitage

I like poems you can tack all over with a hammer and there are no hollow places.John Ashbery

I don't think of poetry as a 'rational' activity but as an aural one. My poems usually begin with words or phrases which appeal more because of their sound than their meaning, and the movement and phrasing of a poem are very important to me.Margaret Atwood

All I wanted to do was write - at the time, poems, and prose, too. I guess my ambition was simply to make money however I could to keep myself going in some modest way, and I didn't need much, I was unmarried at the time, no children.Paul Auster

To me many short poems read and write like beginnings that simply whet my appetite; I want to get over that.John Barton

I sometimes like to tinker with poems that have failed, ones that I have sent aside. Even years afterward, I will revisit them if there is something about them that I cannot give up on.John Barton

Garrison Keillor read several of my poems on 'The Writer's Almanac' and I've heard from listeners nationally and internationally. That's one of the great gifts of email.Ellen Bass

Why does one always ask a writer why they stopped? I am sure everyone finds in any drawer a few dear poems.Peter Bichsel

What we call a poem is mostly what is not there on the page. The strength of any poem is the poems that it has managed to exclude.Harold Bloom

Criticism starts - it has to start - with a real passion for reading. It can come in adolescence, even in your twenties, but you must fall in love with poems.Harold Bloom

The Hollywood movies are more like novels, and the kinds of films I make are more like poems.Stan Brakhage

I think of something quite different from a snapshot. I know of a lot of poems, some very fine ones, that are like snapshots, but I'm more interested in poetry that is like an endless film, long stories, things that weave together many different strands, like a big piece of cloth, not like a photograph.Robert Bringhurst

What I'm fighting for now in my work... for an expression relevant to all manner of blacks, poems I could take into a tavern, into the street, into the halls of a housing project.Gwendolyn Brooks