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An experienced reader uses the poem as an agent of inquiry.
by John Barton

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

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

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

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

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

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

Poets can't resist the dramatic pull of their lives
and so inevitably write autobiographical verse.
- 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 reader's challenge is to replicate the experiment
by reading the poem and to draw their own conclusions.
- 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

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

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

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

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

Reading should be a repeat performance.
- John Barton

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

You know that you have fully experienced love
when you turn into love -
that is the spiritual goal of life.
- Deepak Chopra

What each must seek in his life never was on land or sea.
It is something out of his own unique potentiality for experience,
something that never has been and never could
have been experienced by anyone else.
- Joseph Campbell

Pick up a stone that feels good to you
and is small enough to hold in one hand.
Consider how long that stone has been around
and what enormous pressure it has experienced.
Draw strength from its long history.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

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

You can learn how to let go of the past.
Whether you have experienced a break up
with someone you cared for deeply,
whether death has taken a loved one,
whether you have had a feud with a friend or family member,
whether you have lost a job.
Move on and let go.
Life can be joyful and rewarding again.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I unconditionally forgive everyone for all hurt
that I have ever experienced in the presence of their actions.
I unconditionally forgive myself for everything that I have ever done,
said, or thought that has caused me harm or suffering.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Truth cannot be defined,
although it can certainly be experienced.
But experience is not a definition.
A definition is made by the mind,
experience comes through participating.
If somebody asks, "What is a dance?" how can you define it?
But you can dance and you can know the inner feel of it.
God is the ultimate dance.
- Osho

For everything observed or experienced,
each of us creates a "story" - not sometimes, but always.
A "story" is the fiction a person tells themselves
about what has happened or is happening.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

What one has not experienced, one will never understand in print.
- Isadora Duncan

I think men who have a pierced ear
are better prepared for marriage.
They've experienced pain and bought jewelry.
- Rita Rudner

Anger is something that each one of us has experienced -
some of us only occasionally, some almost daily.
Can we eliminate all anger? Probably not.
We will always have expectations,
and those expectations will often be unmet.
Disappointment is the principle cause of anger.
When we are disappointed, we look for someone to blame.
Declaring someone to be at fault is the nature of anger.
Anger is always directed at someone -
possibly toward God or the non-specific "they,"
but at some animate entity.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Nothing ever becomes real till it is experienced.
- John Keats

Men who have a pierced ear are better prepared for marriage -
they've experienced pain and bought jewelry.
- Rita Rudner

Cyberspace.
A consensual hallucination experienced daily by billions of legitimate operators,
in every nation, by children being taught mathematical concepts.
- William Gibson

Perhaps there is no agony worse than the tedium I experienced
waiting for Something to Happen.
- Lance Loud

But the threat posed by the radical Islamists represents an unusual conflict,
unlike any experienced by our nation before:
we face an enemy that is not a state.
- Paul Weyrich

Shoaib Akhtar has been playing for 5,
6 years and is an experienced bowler.
- Sachin Tendulkar

I've experienced the tabloids when I had anorexia.
- Tracey Gold

I have not really experienced any significant conflict
with anyone in regard to my choice to be vegan,
although going out to eat is hard sometimes.
- Daniel Johns

Systematically identity top designers as early as possible.
The best are often not the most experienced.
- Frederick P. Brooks, Jr.

Proverbs are always platitudes until you have personally
experienced the truth of them.
- Aldous Huxley

As for sticking strictly to presently known science,
I will simply point out that we have already experienced
at least two major revolutions in science in this century alone.
- Stanley Schmidt

I think that most minorities have experienced some form of racial abuse.
- Lynn Swann

It was the closest to purgatory that I've ever experienced while I've been living.
- Dave Thomas

We experienced similiar fears in the 1880s,
at the end of World War I and II.
And we ran out in the 1970s.
- Daniel Yergin

Natural objects, for example, must be experienced before
any theorizing about them can occur.
- Edmund Husserl

If you have never experienced the practice
of daily journaling, give it a try. I highly recommend it.
When I say "journaling," I am not referring to a diary
in which to record the events of your life,
I am talking about a place to record your feelings -
a friend with whom to share your troubles, fears, hopes, and dreams.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The extent of one man's guilt may be defined by how
much of it is experienced by the party he injured.
- Ryszard Kapuscinski

Reviewing music or reviewing anything is a writing job.
It's nice if you are experienced in the field you are writing about,
but writing is what you are doing.
- Virgil Thomson

Many of us who have experienced psychedelics feel very
much that they are sacred tools.
They open spiritual awareness.
- Stanislav Grof

I have never experienced racism in the feminist movement,
so it concerned me to think that I was unable to see
the subject clearly because I came from white,
middle-class privilege.
- Betty Buckley

It is obvious that we can no more explain a passion
to a person who has never experienced it than we can
explain light to the blind.
- T. S. Eliot

Art is not a handicraft, it is the transmission of
feeling the artist has experienced.
- Leo Tolstoy

The man who has experienced shipwreck shudders even at a calm sea.
- Ovid

Human vocabulary is still not capable,
and probably never will be, of knowing,
recognizing, and communicating everything that can
be humanly experienced and felt.
- Jose Saramago

Being a typical Pisces, I might have experienced mood shifts,
but I don't remember any depression,
or needing to do anything,
or to have someone bring me out of being depressed.
- Julius Erving

Results are uncertain even among the more experienced photographers.
- Matthew Brady

The greater the feeling of inferiority that has been experienced,
the more powerful is the urge to conquest and the more
violent the emotional agitation.
- Alfred Adler

The best part is still ahead of me -
I haven't experienced my 'good old days' yet.
- Luther Vandross


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