These quotes come from C.D. Wright’s essay “69 Hidebound Opinions, Propositions, and Several Asides from a Manila Folder Concerning the Stuff of Poetry,” which you can (and should!) read in the anthology By Herself: Women Reclaim Poetry. Asked informally “What’s a young poet to do,” Robert Creeley proposed, “form a company.” He meant start something: a magazine, a book press, go on-line; publish yourselves. One outfit flies …Continue reading
The purpose of a public intellectual is to be curious, to think and express oneself clearly, and by doing so help others think more clearly as well Ian Buruma interviewed at The Pen Ten You can’t hear Keats if you don’t know that he was a Cockney, you can’t comprehend Wordsworth’s rhymes if you hear him as a BBC announcer. Don Share interviewed at …Continue reading
On the Volga, on this restfully rolling ocean... one learns all dimensions anew. One discovers: land is huge, water is something huge, and above all the sky is huge. What I have seen until now was no more than an image of land and river and world. Here, however, everything is itself. - I feel as if I had been witness to the creation; a few words for all existences
Rainer Maria Rilke, The Schmagendorf DiaryContinue reading
You have given yourself your word and there is no retracting it. Leave people. If to get the solitude that is necessary you must go into a washroom, go there, lean against the wall and write. Write as you write in the morning, anything at all. Write sure or unsure, hurriedly or blank verse; write what you think of your employer or your secretary or your brother; write a short story synopsis or a fragment of dialogue or a description of someone you have recently noticed.
— Louise Bogan
From Louise Bogan’s “Managing The Unconscious,” in A Poet’s ProseContinue reading