The Way the World Ends
The Craft of Poetry
Poetry is perfect verbs hunting for elusive nouns.
-J. Patrick Lewis
Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words.
-Edgar Allen Poe
Each memorable verse of a true poet has two or three times the written content.
-Alfred de Musset
Everything one invents is true, you may be perfectly sure of that. Poetry is as
precise as geometry.
The poet doesn't invent. He listens.
Before men ever wrote in clay they cast their words in verse and line,
rythymbound in poets' minds, defying time and age.
In my view a good poem is one in which the form of the verse and the joining
of its parts seems light as a shallow river flowing over its sandy bed.
A poem should not mean
Most people ignore most poetry because most poetry ignores most people.
Most painters have painted themselves. So have most poets: not
so palpably indeed, but more assiduously.
To be a poet is a condition, not a profession.
To have great poets there must be great audiences too.