Quotations About / On:
Not all poems about people are poems about people.
Our poems will have failed if our readers are not brought by them beyond the poems.
(Muriel Rukeyser (1913-1980), U.S. poet. The Life of Poetry, ch. 5 (1949).)
A poem is a sequence of thoughts. One thought, though, is not a poem.
“If you read every poem in every anthology of Greek poetry, you wouldnt read one poem in which a character of the woman whos loved is described or matters.”
( Eurydice in the Underworld)
The Eunuchs of poems re not made. The Eunuchs of poems re born.
(The Eunuchs of poems re not made. The Eunuchs of poems re born.)
“If after I read a poem the world looks like that poem for 24 hours or so Im sure its a good one—and the same goes for paintings. ”
Poem I read gets quiet, but I am writing a poem, I would. I am impatient
In every good poem everything must be both deliberate and instinctive. That is how the poem becomes ideal.
(Friedrich Von Schlegel (1772-1829), German philosopher. Aphorism 23 in Selected Aphorisms from the Lyceum (1797), translated by Ernst Behler and Roman Struc, Dialogue on Poetry and Literary Aphorisms, Pennsylvania University Press (1968).)
To declaim freedom verses seems like a poem within a poem; freedom requires guns, it requires arms, but no feet.
(Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. Poems (1842).)
Only truthful hands write true poems. I cannot see any basic difference between a handshake and a poem.
(Paul Celan [Paul Antschel] (1920-1970), Austrian poet. Trans. 1986, Carcanet (1986). Collected Prose, letter to Hans Bender (1961).)