Wednesday, 21 August 2013

10 Quotes I Have Used In My Poetry Classes

"I refuse to become a seeker for cures. Everything that has ever helped me has come through what already lay in store for me" - Adrienne Rich

"When you are joyous look deep into your heart and you shall find that it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy. When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight" - Kahlil Gibran

"You have all the ingredients you need to make your life a nightmare, don't mix them" - Hafiz 

"Poetic language has two functions; to make things clear and distinct where they weren't, and to join them back up again when they were broken apart" - Don Paterson

"The poet mind is obsessed with the connection between things" - Nick Makoha

"It is only when language has gone beyond itself, however slightly, however briefly, that it ceases to be information and has a chance of becoming art" - Cole Swensen

"Poetry is the distillation of language to its purest form" - Rita Dove

"If you get all your culture from pop culture then it is as bad for your health as a fast food diet" - Peter Kahn

"Writing inside of a problem often generates answers" - Junot Diaz

"“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 is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answers" - Rainer Maria Rilke

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