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A great many people seem to think writing poetry is worthwhile, even though it pays next to nothing and is not as widely read as it should be.
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A life is not sufficiently elevated for poetry, unless, of course, the life has been made into an art.
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All I know is, it was a mistake for me to embark on the project of childhood poems.
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And at least in poetry you should feel free to lie. That is, not to lie, but to imagine what you want, to follow the direction of the poem.
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And Robert Lowell, of course - in his poems, we're not located in his actual life. We're located more in the externals, in the journalistic facts of his life.
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And yet I would be kidding myself if I believed that nothing continuous existed in the transactions between myself and my poems.
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And yet, in a culture like ours, which is given to material comforts, and addicted to forms of entertainment that offer immediate gratification, it is surprising that so much poetry is written.
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But I tend to think of the expressive part of me as rather tedious - never curious or responsive, but blind and self-serving.
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But if we have learned anything from the poetry of the last twenty or thirty years, it is that free verse is as formal as any other verse.
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But one's experience is much more differentiated as one gets older.
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Clearly, I have no set notion about what a poem ought to be.
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Each moment is a place you've never been.
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Each poem demands that I treat it differently from the rest, come to terms with it, seek out its own best beginning and ending.
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Editing a single issue of Ploughshares has not allowed me to reach any conclusions about the state of American poetry.
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For some of us, the less said about the way we do things the better.
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From the reader's view, a poem is more demanding than prose.
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I am not concerned with truth, nor with conventional notions of what is beautiful.
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I believe that all poetry is formal in that it exists within limits, limits that are either inherited by tradition or limits that language itself imposes.
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I certainly can't speak for all cultures or all societies, but it's clear that in America, poetry serves a very marginal purpose. It's not part of the cultural mainstream.
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I didn't like what I was writing at the end of Selected Poems.
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I do not have a secret method of writing, nor do I have a set of do's and don'ts.
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I don't think the current crop of academics knows how to read very well.
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I have no method for picking poems. I simply pick what pleases me.
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I just don't feel that I exhibited the authority in my prose that I do in my poetry.
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I know I can't write poetry all the time.
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I never felt that poems about my childhood and my family were my poems or poems I really wanted to write.
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I speak for nothing, the nothing that I am, the nothing that is this work. And you shall perpetuate me not in the name of what I was, but in the name of what I am.
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I strated writing The Monument and it became less and less about the translator of a particular text, and more about the translation of a self, and the text as self, the self as book.
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I tend to like poems that engage me - that is to say, which do not bore me.
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I think memories of childhood, at least of my childhood, are best served when dealt with in prose, that childhood becomes tedious in poetry.
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I think the best American poetry is the poetry that utilizes the resources of poetry rather than exploits the defects or triumphs of the poet's personality.
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I would say that American poetry has always been a poetry of personal testimony.
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In childhood, the formative stages of our lives, so many things tend to be duplicated.
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In discussions of poetry, form is a powerful word for just that reason: structure and essence seem to come together, as do the disposition of words and their meanings.
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It hardly seems worthwhile to point out the shortsightedness of those practitioners who would have us believe that the form of the poem is merely its shape.
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It has been necessary to submit to vacancy in order to begin again, to clear ground, to make space.
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It's very hard to write humor.
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Midway during the writing of that book, I lost interest in writing fiction. I really had to force myself to finish it.
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My problem was I thought I was funnier than I actually was.
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Nothing is the destiny of everyone, it is our commonness made dumb.
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Pain is filtered in a poem so that it becomes finally, in the end, pleasure.
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Poetry is a much subtler, more highly nuanced and trickier affair. It does draw on our experience, but through various filtered and altered shapes, to create an object.
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Poetry is something that happens in universities, in creative writing programs or in English departments.
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Poetry is, first and last, language - the rest is filler.
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The future is always beginning now.
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The number of people writing poems is vast, and their reasons for doing so are many, that much can be surmised from the stacks of submissions.
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The reader has to sort of give himself over to the poem and allow the poem to inhabit him and - how does the poem do that? It does it by rearranging the world in such a way that it appears new.
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There's a certain point, when you're writing autobiographical stuff, where you don't want to misrepresent yourself. It would be dishonest.
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To a large extent, these transactions I have chosen to call craft are the sole property of the individual poet and cannot be transferred to or adopted by others.
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Usually a life turned into a poem is misrepresented.
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Whatever the case, I hope that the poems I have chosen for this issue of Ploughshares find appreciative readers.
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Whether I admit it or not, I write to participate in the delusion of my own immortality which is born every minute. And yet, I write to resist myself. I find resistance irresistible.
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