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We are comfortable with the fact that we cannot know
by 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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Reading should be a repeat performance.
- 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

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

There are risks and costs to action.
But they are far less than the long range
risks of comfortable inaction.
- John F. Kennedy

Bad habits are like a comfortable bed,
easy to get into, but hard to get out of.
- Proverb

Each day, I am healthier, younger,
stronger, more comfortable,
and more joyful than the day before.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If a friendship isn't comfortable, it's not a friendship.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Home is not a structure, but the place that we feel comfortable -
the place we belong - the place of our loved ones.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A true friendship always feels safe and comfortable.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Home is where we feel comfortable.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.
- Mark Twain

Don't make friends who are comfortable to be with.
Make friends who will force you to lever yourself up.
- Thomas J. Watson Sr.

Home is where our loved ones are.
Home is not a structure, but the place that we feel comfortable,
the place we belong - the place of our loved ones.
A palace is not a home without loved ones.
A shack or an open field can be paradise
when shared with a loving family.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Seeing my glass of life as mostly full
triggers an amazing cycle of transformation
Appreciation for the abundance of life incites gratitude -
which brings on that warm comfortable
feeling of joy and satisfaction with life.
Gratitude for abundance also creates increasing abundance.
Being truly grateful for the abundance that
is now in my life causes an ever greater abundance
to flow in my direction.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Self-respect is often mistaken for arrogance
when in reality it is the opposite.
When we can recognize all our good qualities
as well as or faults with neutrality,
we can start to appreciate ourselves
as we would a dear friend
and experience the comfortable inner glow of respect.
To embrace the journey towards our full potential
we need to become our own loving teacher and coach.
Spurring ourselves on to become better human beings,
we develop true regard for ourselves,
and our life will become sacred.
- Osho

Old age, believe me, is a good and pleasant thing.
It is true you are gently shouldered off the stage,
but then you are given such a comfortable front stall as spectator.
- Confucius

When they see me holding fish, they can see that I
am comfortable with kings as well as with paupers.
- Imelda Marcos

I'm more comfortable with whatever's wrong with me
than my father was whenever he felt he failed or didn't
measure up to the standard he set.
- John Malkovich

The comfortable estate of widowhood is the only hope
that keeps up a wife's spirits.
- John Gay

Swimming is normal for me.
I'm relaxed.
I'm comfortable, and I know my surroundings.
It's my home.
- Michael Phelps

My studio is designed for atmosphere.
I have a really cozy, comfortable room that has a great,
huge glass door that views my backyard.
- Geddy Lee

Olivia Newton-John was our first choice to play Sandy,
but she was nervous about acting, whether she would
feel comfortable with us and could pull it off at all.
- Randal Kleiser

I've never felt more comfortable in my skin,
I've never enjoyed life as much and I feel so lucky.
- Candice Bergen

I think every man who is not a religious moron likes
when a woman is comfortable with watching a porn movie.
- Izabella Scorupco

I always thought I had a problem socially,
because I was pulled out of school so early.
I had a tough time talking to other kids and being comfortable with them.
- Rick Schroder

Yet the evil still increased, and, like the parasite of barnacles on a ship,
if it did not destroy the structure,
it obstructed its fair,
comfortable progress in the path of life.
- William Banting

I'm less comfortable making American movies because
I don't know them so well.
- Neil Jordan

Being taken for granted can be a compliment.
It means that you've become a comfortable,
trusted element in another person's life.
- Joyce Brothers

I've always been an animal lover.
I've grown up with dogs my whole life.
I think that is what helped me get the role on 'Lassie',
I was comfortable around the dog, where many of the
kids were afraid or intimidated by Lassie.
- Will Estes

When you travel, remember that a foreign country is
not designed to make you comfortable.
It is designed to make its own people comfortable.
- Clifton Paul Fadiman

My heroes were Dylan, John Lennon and Picasso,
because they each moved their particular medium forward,
and when they got to the point where they were comfortable,
they always moved on.
- John Hughes

I'm very comfortable in having a strong team.
I'm very comfortable in sharing the limelight with the team.
- Sanjay Kumar

Your smile will give you a positive countenance that
will make people feel comfortable around you.
- Les Brown

And so I missed those best years and I find it difficult for me,
in groups, to be comfortable.
- Eddie Albert

I'm a little more comfortable in that role.
I love being in the studio.
- Keith Urban

Whatever character you play, it gives you the chance
to expose another side of yourself that maybe you've
never felt comfortable with,
or never knew about.
- Laura Dern

It's cool to have a well run, comfortable and inviting home.
- Anthea Turner

In all life one should comfort the afflicted,
but verily, also, one should afflict the comfortable,
and especially when they are comfortably,
contentedly, even happily wrong.
- John Kenneth Galbraith

To be happy, it first takes being comfortable being in your own shoes.
The rest can work up from there.
- Sophia Bush

And it just made me realize again because I have know it for some time,
that you never get comfortable in this.
No matter who you are.
No matter who...
how successful you are.
- Dabney Coleman

Civilization is a conspiracy.
Modern life is the silent compact of comfortable folk to keep up pretences.
- John Buchan

I had very few friends.
We always ate dinner with our parents.
We didn't want to go out.
American adolescence was a lot wilder than I would
have felt comfortable with.
- Maya Lin


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