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Laugh, and the world laughs with you;
Weep, and you weep alone;
For the sad old earth must borrow its mirth,
But has trouble enough of its own.
- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

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Each word bears its weight, so you have to read my poems quite slowly.
- Anne Stevenson

Sometimes poetry is inspired by the conversation entered
into by reading other poems.
- John Barton

No poems can please for long or live that are written by water drinkers.
- Horace

 

How do poems grow? They grow out of your life.
- Robert Penn Warren

We all write poems; it is simply that poets are the ones who write in words.
- John Fowles

You don't help people in your poems.
I've been trying to help people all my life -
that's my trouble.
- Charles Olson

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I like poems that are little games.
- Peter Davison

Everyone thinks they're going to write one book of poems or one novel.
- Marilyn Hacker

I still read Donne, particularly his love poems.
- Carol Ann Duffy

There'll always be working people in my poems because I grew up with them,
and I am a poet of memory.
- Philip Levine

I like Beethoven, especially the poems.
- Ringo Starr

I was reading the poems of Rochester.
Rochester made himself out to be bisexual,
but I think that was only to shock.
Most of his poetry is sexual, even pornographic.
- Thom Gunn

To me many short poems read and write like beginnings
that simply whet my appetite;
I want to get over that.
- John Barton

We have a lot of long narrative poems written in the 20th century,
but they're not very well known, and they're not read by very many people.
- Robert Morgan

Every so often I find some poems that are too good
for the readers of The Atlantic because they are a
little too involved with the nature of poetry,
as such.
- Peter Davison

I am a guest of the French language.
My poems in French are born of my interaction with the French language,
which is not the same as that of a French poet.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

If I were brave enough to say so, I'd like to think
that I had written some poems that people are not going to forget.
- Peter Davison

Indeed, I would venture to guess that Anon,
who wrote so many poems without signing them,
was often a woman.
- Virginia Woolf

The only difference between me and others is that they
think they can change something with cute little poems,
nice cards or embracing trees and being nice to little lapdogs.
- Henry Rollins

There's not too much difference between writing a picture
book and writing a collection of a hundred poems or so,
except that the bigger books take a lot longer to do.
- Jack Prelutsky

We tend to put poems into factions.
And it restricts our reading.
- Thom Gunn

Criticism starts - it has to start -
with a real passion for reading.
It can come in adolescence, even in your twenties,
but you must fall in love with poems.
- Harold Bloom

I have also written some poems which have not been collected in a volume.
- Grazia Deledda

'A collected poems' is either a gravestone or a testimonial to survival.
- Al Purdy

I write the poems first, with only a few exceptions for odd reasons,
where I'm given the illustration first.
- Jack Prelutsky

Of course the other and more serious way in which it
all happens is that one finds in poems and language
some quality one appropriates for oneself and wishes to reproduce.
- Robert Fitzgerald

I admire Ginsberg as a poet, despite the fact that
he seems not to know when he is being good and when he is bad.
But he will last, or at least those poems will last.
- Leslie Fiedler

I also write poems, so that is something that I really enjoy.
- Billy Sherwood

I like poems you can tack all over with a hammer and
there are no hollow places.
- John Ashbery

Well, "The Wellspring" was written from 1983 to 1986.
And it had a section in the beginning that was poems
that began from others' experience.
- Sharon Olds

Ginsberg's Collected Poems contains a wonderful poem
about making it with Neal Cassady.
- Thom Gunn

The best books of our times have included the three
mature volumes of Philip Larkin.
They're very short books of poems, and very carefully arranged.
- Robert Morgan

I learned to play guitar at a young age and converted
poems and stuff that I had written to songs.
- Gregory Harrison

I try to apply colors like words that shape poems,
like notes that shape music.
- Joan Miro

Early on, if I was alone two three nights in a row,
I'd start writing poems about suicide.
- Jack Nicholson

I'm terrified of switching the computer on because there are so many poems.
- Roger McGough

My poems - I don't even like the sound of that,
in a way.
Not that anyone else wrote them.
But we know that only people who are really close to
us care about our personal experience.
- Sharon Olds

What I'm fighting for now in my work...
for an expression relevant to all manner of blacks,
poems I could take into a tavern, into the street,
into the halls of a housing project.
- Gwendolyn Brooks

I would not say I chose to write long poems on a conscious level.
The long poem has been a relative constant.
- John Barton

Poems seem to have a life of their own.
They tell you when enough is enough.
- Thomas Lynch

I was writing notes, but not composing poems.
The Hunter began to develop out of this fragmented process.
- George Murray

I've always thought my poems told stories.
- Douglas Dunn

There must of course be a relationship between translating
and making poems of your own,
but what it is I just don't know.
- Robert Fitzgerald

The reason one writes poems is so that your poem will be remembered.
- Peter Davison

I didn't think about whether I was writing poems.
I was thinking.
And the more I was thinking, the more there was I didn't understand.
- David Antin

I love chapbooks.
They're in some ways the ideal form in which to publish and read poems.
You can read 19 poems in a way you can't sit down and
read 60 to 70 pages of poems.
- Robert Morgan

Spring has returned.
The Earth is like a child that knows poems.
- Rainer Maria Rilke

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.
- Mark Strand

My readers at that time were still men of letters;
but there had to be other people waiting to read my poems.
- Salvatore Quasimodo

On that other novels followed: but I still wrote fairy
tales and dreamy poems of another world.
- Laurence Housman

The title of the poems was The Only Bar in Dixon.
We sent it out to The New Yorker on a fluke,
and they took them and printed all three in the same issue.
- James Welch

Why does one always ask a writer why they stopped?
I am sure everyone finds in any drawer a few dear poems.
- Peter Bichsel

I sometimes like to tinker with poems that have failed,
ones that I have sent aside.
Even years afterward, I will revisit them if there
is something about them that I cannot give up on.
- John Barton

I wanted a perfect ending.
Now I've learned, the hard way, that some poems don't rhyme,
and some stories don't have a clear beginning,
middle and end.
- Gilda Radner

When I first started to write, I was aware of being queer,
but I didn't write about it.
Queer poems would probably not have been accepted by
the editors I sent them to.
- Thom Gunn

Today the U.S.
is farther from being nourished by poetry than it was a hundred years ago,
when books of poems were best-sellers.
- James Broughton

The few bad poems which occasionally are created during
abstinence are of no great interest.
- Wilhelm Reich

I got $30 from Nation magazine for a poem and $500
for my first book of poems.
- Jim Harrison

Most victims of my autobiographical verse are either far too polite,
remarkably understanding unaware that I have written poems about them.
- John Barton

Only truthful hands write true poems.
I cannot see any basic difference between a handshake and a poem.
- Paul Celan

The notes I have made are not a diary in the ordinary sense,
but partly lengthy records of my spiritual experiences,
and partly poems in prose.
- Edvard Munch

I tend to like poems that engage me -
that is to say,
which do not bore me.
- Mark Strand

Our poems will have failed if our readers are not brought
by them beyond the poems.
- Muriel Rukeyser

It's easy to understand why the most beautiful poems
about England in the spring were written by poets living in Italy at the time.
- Philip Dunne

My first collection of poems was published by Bloodaxe Books,
which was then a very new imprint.
- Helen Dunmore

These poems, with all their crudities,
doubts, and confusions, are written for the love of
Man and in praise of God,
and I'd be a damn' fool if they weren't.
- Dylan Thomas

My brother used to say that I wrote faster than he could read.
He wrote two books - of poems - better than all mine put together.
- Laurence Housman

By reason of weird translation, many such sets of instructions read like poems anyhow.
- Brian Ferneyhough

Many poets write books.
They'll tell you: Well, I've got my next book,
but there are two poems I need to write,
one about x, one about y. This is a wonder to me.
- Sharon Olds

It may be said that poems are in one way like icebergs:
only about a third of their bulk appears above the surface of the page.
- Howard Nemerov


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