Quotations About / On: POEM
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).)
Poetry has no goal other than itself; it can have no other, and no poem will be so great, so noble, so truly worthy of the name of poem, than one written uniquely for the pleasure of writing a poem.
(Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), French poet, critic. "New Notes on Edgar Poe," part IV (1859).)
If a poet writes what nobody reads, is it a poem?
' Everything I have written in my poems, I no longer carry in my heart.'
In truth these poems will never reach beyond a few good friends drunken and theatrical.
(from the poem 'in sabinal' by r soos)
comfort new poems - they spend much time wondering if anyone cares
(from the poem 'have mercy' by r soos)
there are times the title says more than the poem
(from the poem 'as dreams lie bleeding' by r soos)
I have spent my years walking through the quiet air seeking the poem
(from the poem 'adventure' by r soos)
I would go places poems live before they find their way to paper
(from the poem 'dream vacation' by r soos)
A poem and a picture are worth a thousand words
(Written 4: 55am,11 November 2016. Came to me after reading a poem of my friend and fellow poet, Tan Pratonix. Poem Title: The Little Boy On Bodrum Beach. No words need to be spoken.)