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Dealing with poetry is a daunting task,
by Peter Davison

Dealing with poetry is a daunting task,
simply because the reason one does it as an editor
at all is because one is constantly coming to terms
with one's own understanding of how to understand the world.
- Peter Davison

I like poems that are little games.
- Peter Davison

It is very difficult for people to come in contact
with their own emotions and their own sensibilities.
- Peter Davison

Frost is the most sophisticated of poets.
- Peter Davison

 

Poetry should be able to reach everybody,
and it should be able to appeal to all levels of understanding.
- Peter Davison

But there is some way in which poets believe that and this is dangerous,
too believe that their calling gives them a certain freedom.
A certain freedom to live in a free way.
- Peter Davison

There are so many things that poetry is about,
one of which is memory.
- Peter Davison

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The more poetry you have in the head,
the more poetry you will understand because you will
be getting to the roots of what it is that makes people write poetry at all.
- Peter Davison

But for me, being an editor I've been an editor of
all kinds of books being an editor of poetry has been
the way in which I could give a crucial part of my
time to what I love most.
- Peter Davison

The reason one writes poems is so that your poem will be remembered.
- Peter Davison

Every so often I find some poems that are too good
for the readers of The Atlantic because they are a
little too involved with the nature of poetry,
as such.
- Peter Davison

In my youth, I found that I was quite often inspired
and pushed forward by what I read.
- Peter Davison

The trouble with the performance poets is that they
don't seem to have read anything.
So there is not a real sense of the poetic tradition in their work.
- Peter Davison

Poetry is composing for the breath.
- Peter Davison

Poetry was invented as an mnemonic device to enable
people to remember their prayers.
- Peter Davison

The problem, for me, with the writing programs is that
they produce a terrible uniformity of product.
- Peter Davison

I just think that some version of the past in our culture
is going to rise up and become dominant.
- Peter Davison

If poets were realistic, they wouldn't be poets.
- Peter Davison

If I were brave enough to say so, I'd like to think
that I had written some poems that people are not going to forget.
- Peter Davison

But poetry is my life.
Poetry is what matters to me.
- Peter Davison

I think poetry has lost an awful lot of its muscle
because nobody knows any.
Nobody has to memorize poetry.
- Peter Davison

And there are a lot more people reading poetry,
but there are not so many people reading an individual poet.
- Peter Davison

I would like to be proud of having written some poems that will be remembered,
but I will never know whether I will have any reason to be proud of that.
- Peter Davison

It is a way we reassess our past.
We can do that in poetry in ways we can't do in prose.
- Peter Davison

For instance, it's a little better now than it was two or three years ago,
but something like 70% of the poems I receive seem
to be written in the present indicative.
- Peter Davison

I like poems that are complex.
- Peter Davison

In order to understand what they need to understand,
in order to write what they write, they have to be free.
And yet, they aren't ever free.
They are not free because they are not free of the
constrictions their art puts on them.
- Peter Davison

The relation between a poet and audience is really insignificant.
What matters is the poet is hearing something that he is broadcasting.
And whether there is anybody with a receiver isn't the reason he does it.
He hopes there is somebody receiving it.
- Peter Davison

They need to learn poetry.
They don't need to learn about poetry.
They don't need to be told how to interpret poetry.
They don't need to be told how to understand poetry.
They need to learn it.
- Peter Davison

My friends never talk to me about my poetry because
they're embarrassed that I write it or they're embarrassed
by what I write about which are not such extraordinarily terrifying things,
but they are the state of human existence.
- Peter Davison

People are talking about the Internet as though it
is going to change the world.
It's not going to change the world.
It's not going to change the way we think,
and it's not going to change the way we feel.
- Peter Davison

When dealing with people, remember you are
not dealing with creatures of logic,
but creatures of emotion.
- Dale Carnegie

Knowing your own darkness is the best method
for dealing with the darknesses of other people.
- Carl Jung

Nothing astonishes men so much as common sense and plain dealing.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Eighteen holes of match play will teach you more about
your foe than 18 years of dealing with him across a desk.
- Grantland Rice

Business, more than any other occupation,
is a continual dealing with the future;
it is a continual calculation,
an instinctive exercise in foresight.
- Henry R. Luce

I can see clearly now...
that I was wrong in not acting more decisively and
more forthrightly in dealing with Watergate.
- Richard M. Nixon

Our heart glows, and secret unrest gnaws at the root of our being.
Dealing with the unconscious has become a question of life for us.
- Carl Jung

Obviously, in dealing with a relationship,
sexuality has to be involved, and jealousy and emotions like that.
And I don't know, I've always been intrigued by those emotions.
- Adrian Lyne

I would like to do another piece of fiction dealing with a number of issues:
Lesbian parenting,
the 1960's, and interracial relationships in the Lesbian and Gay community.
- Audre Lorde

At some point we must make a decision not to allow
the mere threat of charges of cultural or religious
insensitivity to stop us from dealing with this evil.
- Armstrong Williams

I'm dealing with things as they come along,
and I'm talking about it.
- Lucinda Williams

When you coach as long as I did, you can't help but miss those Saturdays -
dealing with the players,
the game preparation, the challenges,
the excitement.
- Tom Osborne

I have been dealing with back problems since 1995 when
I was with the Blackhawks,
and I've only missed part of one season because of it.
That was last season in Toronto.
- Ed Belfour

So you're dealing with a coach, and you're dealing
with a guy who's actually experienced NBA basketball
from a player's perspective and actually goes about it that way.
- Kevin Garnett

Playing a character who's dealing not only with a superpower
but having a normal relationship is easy to associate with,
because I feel that everyone has been through it.
- Shawn Ashmore

I think the reason people are dealing with science
less well now than 50 years ago is that it has become so complicated.
- James D. Watson

Being a woman is a terribly difficult task,
since it consists principally in dealing with men.
- Joseph Conrad

I'm talking about science on the leading edge,
where it's not clear which way things are going be cause we don't know,
and I'm dealing with areas which we don't know about.
- Rupert Sheldrake

If you look at the various strategies available for
dealing with a new technology,
sticking your head in the sand is not the most plausible strategy.
- Ralph Merkle

I was hurting.
I had some ailments I was dealing with.
It's not like I was holding out.
- Alonzo Mourning

It's important to know that if you are dealing with shadows.
- Conrad Hall

When dealing with the insane, the best method is to pretend to be sane.
- Hermann Hesse

It's difficult to get started-when it comes to dealing
with an unknown quantity,
people are reluctant to trust their own opinion.
It helps if two or three people give you a boost.
- Lyle Lovett

We have thousands of patients and family members who
are dealing with dual devastation,
cancer and the hurricane.
- Greg Anderson

I am convinced that dealing intelligently with the
press is of the greatest importance to the success
and effectiveness of a humanitarian mission.
- Alvin Adams

Fate was dealing from the bottom of the deck.
- S. J. Perelman

An early fascination with higher mathematics at the
university level blossomed into speculative thinking
that could provide a basis for dealing with economic issues.
- Lawrence R. Klein

But it is well to remember that we are dealing with
nations every one of which has a direct individual interest to serve,
and there is grave danger in an unshared idealism.
- Henry Cabot Lodge

I think writers need windows on a view to remind them
that a whole world is out there,
not the minutiae with which they might be dealing on a close scale.
- Anne McCaffrey

What I like least is dealing with publishers who simply
don't want collaborations regardless of their merit.
- Piers Anthony

All virtue is summed up in dealing justly.
- Aristotle

When you're dealing with monkeys, you've got to expect some wrenches.
- Alvah Bessie

What I'm dealing with is sound.
I don't pretend to be dealing with music.
I'm just dealing with sound elements,
textures and sounds.
- Bill Laswell

I was a lousy waiter, dealing with people and having
people in your face like that.
- Judge Reinhold

Sometimes it works, sometimes it fails,
but that's what we face when we're dealing with improvisation.
- Jan Garbarek

When we label anyone 'bad', we will have more trouble
dealing with him than if we could have settled for a lesser label.
- William Glasser

Dealing with backstabbers, there was one thing I learned.
They're only powerful when you got your back turned.
- Eminem

There's a way of dealing with hardships that are healthier than going out.
That's what I've learned.
- Lindsay Lohan

People are more sophisticated in the way they go about dealing with the press.
- Bob Schieffer

What I'm dealing with is so vast and great that it
can't be called the truth.
It's above the truth.
- Sun Ra


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