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

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

I'm not religious in any formal sense,
not in any God sense.
- Al Purdy

I was desperately unhappy trying to adjust to the world.
- Al Purdy

For me, the vast marvel is to be alive.
For man, or for flowers or beast or bird,
the supreme triumph is to be most vividly and perfectly alive.
- Al Purdy

 

I started writing when I was about thirteen.
- Al Purdy

At a certain age you're always uncertain how other people will take you.
- Al Purdy

Things were so bad we ate rabbits that neighbours had
run over and gave to us because they knew we were broke.
- Al Purdy

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I don't think I do have a soul.
- Al Purdy

In my own mind, I was sort of a desperate kid.
- Al Purdy

Mind can never be intelligent - only no-mind is intelligent.
Only no-mind is original and radical.
Only no-mind is revolutionary - revolution in action.
The mind gives you a sort of stupor.
Burdened by the memories of the past,
burdened by the projections of the future,
you go on living - at the minimum.
You dont live at the maximum.
Your flame remains very dim.
Once you start dropping thoughts,
the dust that you have collected in the past,
the flame arises - clean, clear, alive, young.
Your whole life becomes a flame,
and a flame without any smoke.
That is what awareness is.
- Osho

I believe in Karma.
If the good is sown, the good is collected.
When positive things are made, that returns well.
- Yannick Noah

I first began to dry specimens for preservation carelessly perhaps at first,
but before the season was over, I had collected between
one and two hundred species.
- George Bentham

By faithfulness we are collected and wound up into unity within ourselves,
whereas we had been scattered abroad in multiplicity.
- Saint Augustine

The users are not going to be in the position of accepting what's been collected;
they're going to be in the position of being able to demand collection.
- Stephen Cambone

Mostly, I was only interested in television as a kid,
and the majority of reading material I collected was
an adjunct to that central concern,
comic books and magazines included.
- Chris Ware

Hungry Joe collected lists of fatal diseases and arranged
them in alphabetical order so that he could put his
finger without delay on any one he wanted to worry about.
- Joseph Heller

It was Noel Coward whose technique I envied and tried to emulate.
I collected all his records and writing.
- Kenneth Williams

Kinsey himself collected absolutely everything.
- Bill Condon

I'd love to do a whole series of stories and have them collected into books.
- Sergio Aragones

Watching your daughter being collected by her date
feels like handing over a million dollar Stradivarius to a gorilla.
- Jim Bishop

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

Joe Smith and Brigham Young laid out Independence,
but very soon thereafter enough citizens of the county
collected to drive them off,
after several stubborn fights.
- Cole Younger

What I did was, I went and collected every bit of information
from Adventist publishing houses in the basic areas
of doctrine covered in the book Questions on Doctrine.
- Walter Martin

Men at a distance, who have admired our systems of
government unfounded in nature,
are apt to accuse the rulers, and say that taxes have
been assessed too high and collected too rigidly.
- Henry Knox

On the little money I had collected I lived in Berlin very cheaply,
ate very cheaply.
And already in 1920 I saved the first salaries I received to go to Munich.
- Josef Albers

A little and a little, collected together,
becomes a great deal; the heap in the barn consists of single grains,
and drop and drop make the inundation.
- Saadi

I don't necessarily write everything as automatically
assuming it will be collected,
there's nothing that says Hitman will be collected,
though it might be.
- Garth Ennis

I haven't collected memorabilia.
I am not a person who lives in the past.
- Yvonne Craig

There was a time - and I used to get made fun of a lot -
that all I collected was soundtracks.
- Jason Marsden

In Los Angeles all the loose objects in the country were collected,
as if America had been tilted and everything that wasn't
tightly screwed down had slid into Southern California.
- Saul Bellow

Along the beach I never collected shells from my father's shore.
- Corey Hart

And though various organizations in America and England
collected money and sent food parcels to these refugees,
nothing was ever received by the Spanish.
- Martha Gellhorn

I'd been familiar with comics, and I'd collected 'em when I was a kid,
but after I got into junior high school,
there wasn't much I was interested in.
- Harvey Pekar

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

Mental agitations and eating cares are more injurious to health,
and destructive of life, than is commonly imagined,
and could their effects be collected,
would make no inconsiderable figure in the bills of mortality.
- William Falconer

And from my character's point-of-view in Ravenous,
he had been collected by Robert Carlyle's character,
he had become infected by this ravenous,
cannibalistic power, and he was making the best of it.
- Jeffrey Jones

It can get a little costly if you try and leave it
until then to write songs.
But you're writing all the time.
You're collecting songs.
I've had songs that have been collected over a two-year
period for my next record.
- Keith Urban

During the session of the Supreme Court,
in the village of -, about three weeks ago,
when a number of people were collected in the principal street of the village,
I observed a young man riding up and down the street,
as I supposed, in a violent passion.
- Augustus Baldwin Longstreet

But what I did think would be interesting is if we
created a fictitious story of our own,
and then took these stories that we had collected and
assigned them to characters who would be played by actors.
- Jim McKay

I knew Bobby Dylan back in the days when he lived in the village.
He used to come and see me and sing songs for me,
saying they ought to go into my next collected book on American folk music.
- Alan Lomax

Telephones are a virtual necessity -
not a luxury -
and the revenues collected by this tax flow into the general fund.
But this once temporary tax remains and costs American taxpayers,
our small businesses and families almost $6 billion dollars a year.
- Mike Fitzpatrick

We thought everybody read comics.
We didn't know we were weird.
We didn't know people that collected comics were strange.
It was as normal as listening to rock music on the radio.
- Gilbert Hernandez

The time to take counsel of your fears is before you
make an important battle decision.
That's the time to listen to every fear you can imagine!
When you have collected all the facts and fears and made your decision,
turn off all your fears and go ahead!
- George S. Patton

I think it could be the biggest information problem that we face.
'If somebody is abroad and they even mention the name of an American citizen,
bang, off goes the tap, and no more information is collected.
- Charles F. Bass

It was in the Papal States that I studied the Roman Question.
I traveled over every part of the country;
I conversed with men of all opinions,
examined things very closely, and collected my information on the spot.
- Edmond About

The Veteran's History Project, a nationwide volunteer
effort to collect oral histories from America's war veterans,
provides an avenue to do just that.
Now in its fifth year, the Project has collected more
than 40,000 individual stories.
- Spencer Bachus

I'm lucky enough to work with, I think,
the greatest writer there's ever been,
Shakespeare.
Whose collected works would always be under my pillow
if I was only ever allowed one book to keep,
and who never bores me.
- Samuel West

A few scattered accounts, collected and combined together,
may lead us to two certain conclusions:
1.
That all the American Indians are one kind of people;
2.
That they are the same as the people in the northeast of Asia.
- Ezra Stiles

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I like poems that are little games.
- Peter Davison

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

Faith:
When you walk to the edge of all the light you have
and take that first step into the darkness of the unknown,
you must believe that one of two things will happen:
...
There will be something solid for you to stand upon,
or, you will be taught how to fly
- Patrick Overton - from his book of poems: The Leaning Tree, 1975
[Widely mis-attributed to Barbara J. Winter, Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, and others]

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

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

In our period, they say there is free speech.
They say there is no penalty for poets,
There is no penalty for writing poems.
They say this.
This is the penalty.
- Muriel Rukeyser

As a child, what captivated me was reading the poems
myself and realizing that there was a world without
material substance which was nevertheless as alive as any other.
- Mary Oliver

Yes, I do often write poems from the mind,
but I hope I don't ignore feelings and emotions.
- Anne Stevenson

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

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

Southern poets are still writing narrative poems,
poems in forms, dramatic poems.
- Robert Morgan

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

What we call a poem is mostly what is not there on the page.
The strength of any poem is the poems that it has managed to exclude.
- Harold Bloom

The number of people writing poems is vast,
and their reasons for doing so are many,
that much can be surmised from the stacks of submissions.
- Mark Strand


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