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

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

Related topics: Poetry

I don't know whether a poem has be there to help to develop something.
I think it's there for itself, for what the reader finds in it.
- Marilyn Hacker

You are almost not free, if you are teaching a group of graduate students,
to become friends with one of them.
I don't mean anything erotically charged,
just a friendship.
- Marilyn Hacker

Translation makes me look at how a poem is put together in a different way,
without the personal investment of the poem I'm writing myself,
but equally closely technically.
- Marilyn Hacker

 

Good writing gives energy, whatever it is about.
- Marilyn Hacker

My mother was told she couldn't go to medical school
because she was a woman and a Jew.
So she became a teacher in the New York City public school system.
- Marilyn Hacker

The woman poet must be either a sexless,
reclusive eccentric, with nothing to say specifically to women,
or a brilliant, tragic, tortured suicide.
- Marilyn Hacker

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The pull between sound and syntax creates a kind of
musical tension in the language that interests me.
- Marilyn Hacker

There is a way in which all writing is connected.
In a second language, for example, a workshop can liberate
the students' use of the vocabulary they're acquiring.
- Marilyn Hacker

The ambiguities of language, both in terms of vocabulary and syntax,
are fascinating: how important connotation is,
what is lost and what is gained in the linguistic transition.
- Marilyn Hacker

As a teacher you are more or less obliged to pay the
same amount of attention to everything.
That can wear you down.
- Marilyn Hacker

I worked at all kinds of jobs, mostly commercial editing.
- Marilyn Hacker

I think there is something about coming to a city to
work that puts you in touch with it in a different way.
- Marilyn Hacker

Clearly, once the student is no longer a student the
possibilities of relationship are enlarged.
- Marilyn Hacker

There is something very satisfactory about being in the middle of something.
- Marilyn Hacker

The phenomenon of university creative writing programs doesn't exist in France.
The whole idea is regarded as a novelty,
or an oddity.
- Marilyn Hacker

Perhaps first and foremost is the challenge of taking
what I find as a reader and making it into a poem that,
primarily, has to be a plausible poem in English.
- Marilyn Hacker

Poetry seems to have been eliminated as a literary genre,
and installed instead, as a kind of spiritual aerobic exercise -
nobody need read it,
but anybody can do it.
- Marilyn Hacker

Community means people spending time together here,
and I don't think there's really that.
- Marilyn Hacker

I don't think it's by accident that I was first attracted
to translating two French women poets.
- Marilyn Hacker

Paris is a wonderful city.
I can't say I belong to an especially anglophone community.
- Marilyn Hacker

I lived in the studio apartment that I bought for four
years before I bought it in 1989,
so I was already in it.
I began living there in 1985, so I've had the same
address and phone number since then.
- Marilyn Hacker

I have experienced healing through other writers' poetry,
but there's no way I can sit down to write in the hope
a poem will have healing potential.
If I do, I'll write a bad poem.
- Marilyn Hacker

Given the devaluation of literature and of the study
of foreign languages per se in the United States,
as well as the preponderance of theory over text in
graduate literature studies,
creative writing programs keep literature courses populated.
- Marilyn Hacker

I started to send my work to journals when I was 26,
which was just a question of when I got the courage up.
They were mostly journals I had been reading for the
previous six or seven years.
- Marilyn Hacker

Translation is an interestingly different way to be
involved both with poetry and with the language that
I've found myself living in much of the time.
I think the two feed each other.
- Marilyn Hacker

I wonder what it means about American literary culture
and its transmission when I consider the number of
American poets who earn their living teaching creative writing in universities.
I've ended up doing that myself.
- Marilyn Hacker

Of the individual poems, some are more lyric and some
are more descriptive or narrative.
Each poem is fixed in a moment.
All those moments written or read together take on
the movement and architecture of a narrative.
- Marilyn Hacker

I've been an inveterate reader of literary magazines since I was a teenager.
There are always discoveries.
You're sitting in your easy chair, reading;
you realize you've read a story or a group of poems four times,
and you know, Yes, I want to go farther with this writer.
- Marilyn Hacker

I try to write everyday.
I do that much better over here than when I'm teaching.
I always rewrite, usually fairly close-on which is to say first draft,
then put it aside for 24 hours then more drafts.
- Marilyn Hacker

We sometimes received - and I would read -
200 manuscripts a week.
Some of them were wonderful, some were terrible;
most were mediocre.
It was like the gifts of the good and bad fairies.
- Marilyn Hacker

The pleasure that I take in writing gets me interested in writing a poem.
It's not a statement about what I think anybody else should be doing.
For me, it's an interesting tension between interior and exterior.
- Marilyn Hacker

I'm addicted to email, but other than that,
there are practical things - being able to buy a book
on the internet that you can't find in your local bookshop.
This could be a lifeline if you live further from the sources.
- Marilyn Hacker

When you translate poetry in particular,
you're obliged to look at how the writer with whom
you're working puts together words,
sentences, phrases, the triple tension between the line of verse,
the syntax and the sentence.
- Marilyn Hacker

Everything has beauty,
but not everyone sees it.
- Confucius

Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences.
No one can eliminate prejudices -
just recognize them.
- Edward R. Murrow

Happiness blooms
in the presence of self-respect
and the absence of ego.
Love yourself.
Love everyone around you.
Love everyone in the whole world.
Know that your own life is of infinite importance,
as is every other life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You are important. You are the star -
the only star - of your own life show.
Everyone else is a bit player in the great drama of your life.
Be of service to humanity, but never be anyone's doormat.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The path to happiness is forgiveness of everyone
and gratitude for everything.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news.
The good news is that you don't know how great you can be!
How much you can love!
What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!
- Anne Frank

Everyone is born a genius,
but the process of living de-geniuses them.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

I don't know the key to success,
but the key to failure is to try to please everyone.
- Bill Cosby

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves,
Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking
so that other people won't feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine,
we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.
- Marianne Williamson

Most of the fundamental ideas of science
are essentially simple,
and may, as a rule, be expressed
in a language comprehensible to everyone.
- Albert Einstein

Give yourself the gift of forgiving
everyone you are angry with -
for every action you resent.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Everyone is wise, until he speaks.
- Irish proverb

Everyone should carefully observe
which way his heart draws him,
and then choose that way with all his strength.
- Hasidic Proverb

If in our daily life we can smile,
if we can be peaceful and happy,
not only we, but everyone will profit from it.
This is the most basic kind of peace work.
- Thich Nhat Hanh

We make the assumption that everyone sees life the way we do
- don Miguel Ruiz

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.
- Philo

You can't be everything to everyone.
- Bill Cosby

If everyone is moving forward together,
then success takes care of itself.
- Henry Ford

Everyone is the keeper of a dream
- Oprah Winfrey

When life is too easy for us, we must beware
or we may not be ready to meet the blows
which sooner or later come to everyone, rich or poor.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Everyone is a mirror image of yourself -
your own thinking coming back at you.
- Byron Katie

We cannot possibly let ourselves get frozen into regarding
everyone we do not know as an absolute stranger.
- Albert Schweitzer

People that seem so glorious are all show;
underneath they are like everyone else.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

A wise one said, "We are most like God when we forgive."
It is easy for us to blame, but hard for us to forgive.
Yet that is what we are called upon to do -
to forgive everyone for everything.
And the reward?
In this life, the reward for forgiveness
is your own happiness.
Unconditional universal forgiveness is
the key to your own happiness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Forgiveness is the salve that heals
the wounds of unkind words and acts.
Forgive everyone for every hurt you have ever received -
for your own sake, that you may live in peace.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I believe that a simple and unassuming manner of life
is best for everyone, best both for the body and the mind.
- Albert Einstein

Everyone is a moon, and has a dark side
which he never shows to anybody.
- Mark Twain

Everyone has a "best friend" during each stage of life,
but only a precious few have the same one.
- Anonymous

Inside most people there's a feeling of being separate,
separated from everything ... And they're not.
They're part of absolutely everyone, and everything.
- the movie Powder

Beginning today, treat everyone you meet
as if they were going to be dead by midnight.
Extend to them all the care,
kindness and understanding you can muster,
and do with no thought of any reward.
Your life will never be the same again.
- Og Mandino

I forgive everyone, especially myself,
for all actions and all inactions throughout my entire life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I unconditionally forgive everyone for all hurt
that I have ever experienced in the presence of their actions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Everyone believes that their beliefs are the right ones -
that is why they are called beliefs.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Today, I See Spirit In The Face of Everyone I Meet.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Everyone who wills, can hear the inner voice.
It is within everyone.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Everyone I Love Becomes My Family -
and I Love Everyone.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The world has always been in an uproar,
and it always will be.
Choose Peace. Choose to live with Peace.
Choose to interact peacefully with everyone -
especially those whose instinct is not to be peaceful.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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