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I became intrigued with colour theory.
by John Barton

I became intrigued with colour theory.
The absurd pronouncements of the Colour Institute,
a group that decides what colours are hot each year or season,
amused me.
- John Barton

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

No poem is easily grasped; so why should any reader expect fast results?
- John Barton

I feel very connected to poets across the country.
- John Barton

 

You can never step into the same book twice,
because you are different each time you read it.
- John Barton

Reading should be a repeat performance.
- John Barton

I have always been very obsessed with time.
Time's passage makes us all very vulnerable and because
we all experience it in our own way,
it can make us feel very alone.
- John Barton

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

Poets can't resist the dramatic pull of their lives
and so inevitably write autobiographical verse.
- John Barton

I have been told by a member of the board of one of
Canada's most prominent literary magazines that a submission
of mine once caused a great deal of controversy.
- John Barton

In the past, poetry came in the form of spells and
chants used to effect change.
- John Barton

Writing can sometimes be exploitative.
I like to take a few steps of remove in order to respect
the privacy of the subject.
If readers make the link, they have engaged with the poem.
- John Barton

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

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

Who is the ideal reader? God only knows.
- John Barton

The poet must decide not to impose his feelings in
order to write without sentimentality.
- John Barton

Poetry is but another form of inquiry into the nature of phenomena,
using with its own unique procedures and tools.
- John Barton

Some readers allow their prejudices to blind them.
A good reader knows how to disregard inappropriate responses.
- John Barton

If poetry alters the way in which the reader views the world,
then it has had its desired effect.
- John Barton

The point of an experiment is not to arrive at a predetermined end point,
to prove or disprove anything, but to deliver a poem
that reveals much about the process taken.
- John Barton

I have become intrigued with the combining of seemingly
unrelated ideas or images,
or the drawing upon the many, sometimes dissimilar,
meanings a word might have.
- John Barton

The reader's challenge is to replicate the experiment
by reading the poem and to draw their own conclusions.
- John Barton

I consider a poem to be a kind of experiment where
a number of elements are brought together under test
conditions to see how they will interact to create meaning or relevance.
- John Barton

I find it exhausting to administer a magazine without an office or paid staff.
- John Barton

An experienced reader uses the poem as an agent of inquiry.
This makes poetry very exciting, unstable,
and interactive.
- John Barton

A literary journal is intended to connect writer with reader;
the role of the editor is to mediate.
- John Barton

The community of poets I belong to is not as close as it used to be,
if only for the fact that our lives have become busier:
jobs,
children, and the like.
- John Barton

Poets have to be sensitive to their audience,
but it does not mean that they censor themselves.
I realise my audience is diverse.
Some will read with empathy and curiosity while others will take offense.
- John Barton

The experiment of the poem is mostly intuitive.
I write the first draft, pulling in the various elements that interest me,
in the hope that their being combined will lead to some kind of insight.
- John Barton

We are comfortable with the fact that we cannot know
personally what happened in the world before we were born,
yet we are uncomfortable with the notion that we will
stop engaging with time at some point in the future.
- John Barton

My obsession with time informs my poetry so completely
it is hard for me to summarize it.
We want time to pass, for new things to happen to us,
we want to hold on to certain moments,
we don't want our lives to end.
- John Barton

Just when the caterpillar thought
the world was over, it became a butterfly.
- Anonymous

We did not change as we grew older;
we just became more clearly ourselves.
- Lynn Hall

A man who was completely innocent,
offered himself as a sacrifice for the good of others,
including his enemies,
and became the ransom of the world.
It was a perfect act.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Each problem that I solved became a rule,
which served afterwards to solve other problems.
- Rene Descartes

I became a fanatic about healthy food in 1944.
- Gloria Swanson

I haven't eaten at a McDonald's since I became President.
- William J. Clinton

My mother said to me, 'If you are a soldier,
you will become a general.
If you are a monk, you will become the Pope.'
Instead,
I was a painter, and became Picasso.
- Pablo Picasso

I just became one with my browser software.
- Bill Griffith

The danger of the past was that men became slaves.
The danger of the future is that man may become robots.
- Erich Fromm

I basically became a cheerleader because I had a very strict mom.
That was my way of being a bad girl.
- Sandra Bullock

After I won the Oscar, my salary doubled,
my friends tripled, my children became more popular at school,
my butcher made a pass at me, and my maid hit me up for a raise.
- Shirley Jones

The more he became truly wise,
the more he distrusted everything he knew.
- Voltaire

I became a better listener than I ever had been as
a result of playing Jean Luc Picard because it was
one of the things that he does terrifically well.
- Patrick Stewart

Some of the people that I photographed as sticks became much more voluptuous,
much rounder, in some cases dramatically so,
and I think they're even more beautiful.
- Jock Sturges

Dick Moss, my agent.
Dick became my agent in 1979 when I signed my contract with the Houston Astros.
- Nolan Ryan

The news of the discovery spread fast all over the country,
and inquisitive enquiries mingled with congratulations
from this moment became the daily programme.
- Howard Carter

I became an optimist when I discovered that I wasn't
going to win any more games by being anything else.
- Earl Weaver

While Lincoln thus became a lawyer, he did not cease to remain a politician.
- John George Nicolay

It became a metaphor for the lives of the people in
this film and for the Old West,
for the abandonment that occurred in the early part of the 20th century.
- Dwight Yoakam

Bottom line: if you show a genuine interest in learning
about how others became successful,
you can open up a world of opportunities.
- Armstrong Williams

Then I became a mother and it just fills every space,
that isn't filled with something else important.
It's just like this incredible balloon that blows up and fills life up.
- Thandie Newton

I am utterly struck how, 300 years after his execution,
Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Empire.
- Peter Jennings

We became Morris and Morecambe.
This partnership did not last long, however.
- Ernie Wise

Then he took me off Jeannie and he gave me Millie the Model.
That was a big break for me.
It wasn't doing to well and somehow when I got on it became quite successful.
- Dan DeCarlo

The very effect of the education they were given...
was to make men think; and, thinking,
they became less and less satisfied with the miserable pays they received.
- John Grierson

It was only later on that I became more interested in older music.
- Elliott Carter

I think there have been some periods when the writing
almost became a bit of a burden.
- Leo Ornstein

My art became very public.
- Joey Skaggs

When I became of service to other people I stopped
worrying about my weight so much.
- Judith Light

I became quite successful very young,
and it was mainly because I was so enthusiastic and
I just worked so hard at it.
- Francis Ford Coppola

We believe that the vote would have been close.
We regret that in the face of an explicit threat to
veto by a permanent member,
the vote-counting became a secondary consideration.
- John Negroponte

Nobody could have imagined the phenomenon that 'Star Trek' became.
It's still almost impossible to imagine.
- William Shatner

And we invested three hundred thousand dollars,
became the lead investor and I became Chairman of the
Board of Scientific Data Systems,
as I was at Intel for a while.
- Arthur Rock

In the past goodness was always a collective experience.
Then goodness became privatised.
- Edward Bond

James Brown became my father.
He would talk to me the way a father talked to a son.
He became the father I never had.
- Al Sharpton

We did this two-week boot camp before we filmed the movie.
I got to know everybody in the group and we became friends.
We got really tight throughout those two weeks.
- Shia LaBeouf

If you think Abraham Lincoln became famous for inventing the town car,
it is time to spend a few hours on history.
- Bo Bennett

The irony is, going to work every day became the subject
of probably my best poetry.
- Philip Levine

Being the 8th out of 10 kids, and being the one that stayed in trouble,
I sort of became a momma's boy.
- Bo Jackson


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