Poetry is ordinary language raised to the Nth power. Poetry is boned with ideas, nerved and blooded with emotions, all held together by the delicate, tough skin of words.

— Paul Engle

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All families had their special Christmas food.

Ours was called Dutch Bread, made from a dough halfway between bread and cake, stuffed with citron and every sort of nut from the farm - hazel, black walnut, hickory, butternut.

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The years rolled their brutal course down the hill of time.

Still poor, my clothes still smelling of the horse barn, still writing those doubtful poems where too much emotion clashed with too many words.

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The sharpest memory of our old-fashioned Christmas eve is my mother's hand making sure I was settled in bed.

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Wisdom is knowing when you can't be wise.

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Poetry is ordinary language raised to the Nth power.

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Verse is not written, it is bled; Out of the poet's abstract head. Words drip the poem on the page; Out of his grief, delight and rage.

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I grew up in the prolonged survival of the great age of the horse, with harness and saddle and sleigh bells and horse pictures, not as antiques but the facts of our lives.

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Corncobs are the greatest fire-making tinder.

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You come to know the aches and vanities and tastes and intrigues of an entire neighborhood at a drug store.

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But maybe it's up in the hills under the leaves or in a ditch somewhere.

Maybe it's never found. But what you find, whatever you find, is always only part of the missing, and writing is the way the poet finds out what it is he found.

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I knew about holiness, never having missed a Sunday-school class since I started at four years. But if Jews were also religious, how could our neighbor with the grease-grimy shirt use the word 'damn' about them?

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Writing is rewriting what you have rewritten.

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About Paul Engle

Quotes 20 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Poet
Birthday October 16

Poetry is boned with ideas, nerved and blooded with emotions, all held together by the delicate, tough skin of words.

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The corncob was the central object of my life.

My father was a horse handler, first trotting and pacing horses, then coach horses, then work horses, finally saddle horses. I grew up around, on, and under horses, fed them, shoveled their manure, emptied the mangers of corncobs.

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Without vision you don't see, and without practicality the bills don't get paid.

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I wanted to write poetry almost a little more than I wanted to eat.

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Human life is too difficult for people.

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Writing is like this -- you dredge for the poem's meaning the way police dredge for a body. They think it is down there under the black water, they work the grappling hooks back and forth.

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I had been warned about Jews by my gentile friends - they did terrible things with knives to boys.

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