I'm not a journalist; I'm a poet.
Now, to read poetry at all is to have an ideal anthology of one's own, and in that possession to be incapable of content with the anthologies of all the world besides.
Well, I still write poetry, but I wouldn't call myself a poet.
Of course, you would have to be insane to hope your child grows up to be a playwright or poet. Given the odds, you would have to be quite cavalier about your children's future.
Poetry's always dead, you know? You don't realize how good poetry is until 15 years later.
What is beautiful enchants me. I mean not just physical beauty but a wider concept of beauty. There is beauty in poetry and in great musical or singing performances. There is beauty everywhere if you can just see it.
I have written a raucous valentine to a poet's dream and agony.
Romantic poetry had its heyday when people like Lord Byron were kicking it large. But you try and make a living as a poet today, and you'll find it's very different!
Perhaps there is an idea among Japanese students that one general difference between Japanese and Western poetry is that the former cultivates short forms and the latter longer ones, gut this is only in part true.
Poetry is what we do to break bread with the dead.
Poetry is always slightly mysterious, and you wonder what is your relationship to it.
We go to poetry, we go to literature in general, to be forwarded within ourselves.
In a war situation or where violence and injustice are prevalent, poetry is called upon to be something more than a thing of beauty.
Poetry is a domestic art, most itself when most at home.
Nowadays, what an award gives is a sense of solidarity with the poetry guild, as it were: sustenance coming from the assent of your peers on the judging panel.
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