Real poetry, is to lead a beautiful life. To live poetry is better than to write it.— Matsuo Basho
Memorable Writing Poetry quotations
There comes a point in your life when you need to stop reading other people's book and write your own.
At the age when Bengali youth almost inevitably writes poetry, I was listening to European classical music.
When you write a song, most of the words you use are in black and white, and then, from time to time, you use one that’s in color. These words in color are a part of ourselves, because we give them a meaning. If you like, we give them a third dimension.
Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing about.
Write, form a rhizome, increase your territory by deterritorialization, extend the line of flight to the point where it becomes an abstract machine covering the entire plane of consistency.
Poetry is a packsack of invisible keepsakes.
The best craftsmanship always leaves holes and gaps.
.. so that something that is not in the poem can creep, crawl, flash or thunder in.
Until the lion learns to write, every story will glorify the hunter.
A poem is never finished, only abandoned.
I was a late bloomer. But anyone who blooms at all, ever, is very lucky.
Writing was a political act and poetry was a cultural weapon.
Write hard and clear about what hurts.
In a way I spend my entire life stealing from everything - from the past, from cities I love, from where I grew up - grabbing things, taking not only from architecture but from Italy, art, writing, poetry, music.
As a young writer, I was on guard against the Latina in me, the Spanish in me because as far as I could see the models that were presented to me did not include my world. In fact, 'I was told by one teacher in college that one could only write poetry in the language in which one first said Mother. That left me out of American literature, for sure.
A poet must never make a statement simply because it is sounds poetically exciting; he must also believe it to be true.
Writing, to me, is simply thinking through my fingers.
I am often asked why I started to write poetry.
The answer is that my motivation sprang from a visceral need to creatively articulate the experiences of the black youth of my generation, coming of age in a racist society.
People who read poetry have heard about the burning bush, but when you write poetry, you sit inside the burning bush.
If you know what you are going to write when you're writing a poem, it's going to be average.
Your life is your story. Write well. Edit often.
My feeling is that poetry is also a healing process, and then when a person tries to write poetry with depth or beauty, he will find himself guided along paths which will heal him, and this is more important, actually, than any of the poetry he writes.
I don't like political poetry, and I don't write it.
If this question was pointing towards that, I think it is missing the point of the American tradition, which is always apolitical, even when the poetry comes out of politically active writers.
He who writes prose builds his temple to Fame in rubble; he who writes verses builds it in granite.
Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.
Remember, writing poetry is like making love: one will never know whether one's own pleasure is shared.
I don't think you get to good writing unless you expose yourself and your feelings. Deep songs don't come from the surface; they come from the deep down. The poetry and the songs that you are suppose to write, I believe are in your heart.
What you have to realize when you write poetry, or if you love poetry, is that poetry is just naturally the greatest god damn thing that ever was in the whole universe
The best listeners listen between the lines.
But the sensibility of the writer, whether fiction or poetry, comes from paying attention. I tell my students that writing doesn't begin when you sit down to write. It's a way of being in the world, and the essence of it is paying attention.
Learning to program has no more to do with designing interactive software than learning to touch type has to do with writing poetry
It's hell writing and it's hell not writing. The only tolerable state is having just written.
A good friend knows all your stories. A best friend helped you write them.
Poetry is perfect verbs hunting for elusive nouns.
Poetry challenges you. Much of its importance is that it's one of the few places left in culture that makes things difficult-it asks you to think, to perceive and not to take for granted what we think about the world.
The only way to get change is not through the courts or - heaven forbid - the politicians, but through a change of human consciousness and through a change of heart. Only through the arts - music, poetry, dance, painting, writing - "can we really reach each other.
You have the itch for writing born in you. It's quite incurable. What are you going to do with it?
If there is poetry in my book about the sea, it is not because I deliberately put it there, but because no one could write truthfully about the sea and leave out the poetry.
The Mathematician's Shiva is a brilliant and compelling family saga full of warmth, pathos, history, and humor, not to mention a cast of delightfully quirky characters, and a math lesson or two; all together, a winning equation! When Rojstaczer writes about mathematics, you'd think he was writing about poetry.
The useless days will add up to something.
The shitty waitressing jobs. The hours writing in your journal. The long meandering walks. The hours reading poetry and story collections and novels and dead people’s diaries and wondering about sex and God and whether you should shave under your arms or not. These things are your becoming.
If they give you lined paper, write the other way.
Writer’s block results from too much head.
Cut off your head. Pegasus, poetry, was born of Medusa when her head was cut off. You have to be reckless when writing. Be as crazy as your conscience allows.
One good way to start writing poetry is to read all kinds of poetry: not just in order to imitate but to fill up your head with it, to absorb it, to make poetry an essential part of how you view the world.
Writing poetry is the hard manual labor of the imagination.
In your arms I forget what the yarn knows of sweaters.
I forget how to hold myself together. So if I unfold now like a love letter tell me you'll write back soon. Tell me you'll still come untethered.
We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute.
We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race.