The cat forgotten on the moon.

~ Monday, April 1 ~

Throughout National Poetry Month, we’ll be featuring a letter/postcard of advice from 30 Poets. Today’s is from former Chancellor Rita Dove. 


Throughout National Poetry Month, we’ll be featuring a letter/postcard of advice from 30 Poets. Today’s is from former Chancellor Rita Dove

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~ Saturday, September 17 ~
I write only because there is a voice within me that will not be still.
— Sylvia Plath, 1948. (via qtheq)
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~ Wednesday, September 7 ~
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~ Tuesday, July 12 ~
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~ Monday, May 2 ~
This sentence has five words. Here are five more words. Five-word sentences are fine. But several together become monotonous. Listen to what is happening. The writing is getting boring. The sound of it drones. It’s like a stuck record. The ear demands some variety. Now listen. I vary the sentence length, and I create music. Music. The writing sings. It has a pleasant rhythm, a lilt, a harmony. I use short sentences. And I use sentences of medium length. And sometimes, when I am certain the reader is rested, I will engage him with a sentence of considerable length, a sentence that burns with energy and builds with all the impetus of a crescendo, the roll of the drums, the crash of the cymbals–sounds that say listen to this, it is important.
— Gary Provost, quoted in Roy Peter Clark’s Writing Tools


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~ Wednesday, April 27 ~
Poetry is not only dream and vision; it is the skeleton architecture of our lives. It lays the foundations for a future of change, a bridge across our fears of what has never been before.
— Audre Lorde
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~ Friday, April 15 ~
Now I must get back to working on a poem I have no hope for because it is important to keep writing even when you aren’t writing worth shit. There’s a lot of luck involved in being struck by lightning, so you you want to make sure you’re holding a pen when it happens.
— Dean Young, in a letter to his nephew.
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~ Wednesday, April 6 ~
I don’t look on poetry as closed works. I feel they’re going on all the time in my head and I occasionally snip off a length.
— John Ashbery, London Times (23 Aug 1984)
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~ Monday, March 21 ~
On the one hand, I love the solitude of writing, being alone with nothing between me and the poems I am making, and on the other, I love the company of books of poetry on my desk and on the floor all around my desk when I’m really working hard. They don’t tell me what to do or ask anything of me; they just give me a place to start and a place to return.
— Nancy Eimers, in response to the question, "What is it you love about writing poetry?"
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