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The experiment of the poem is mostly intuitive.
by 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

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

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

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

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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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Reading should be a repeat performance.
- John Barton

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

Every experiment, by multitudes or by individuals,
that has a sensual and selfish aim, will fail.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Don't be too timid and squeamish about your actions.
All life is an experiment.
The more experiments you make the better.
What if they are a little coarse,
and you may get your coat soiled or torn?
What if you do fail, and get fairly rolled
in the dirt once or twice.
Up again, you shall never be so afraid of a tumble.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

How could youths better learn to live
than by at once trying the experiment of living?
- Henry David Thoreau

Nature is trying very hard to make us succeed,
but nature does not depend on us.
We are not the only experiment.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

No amount of experimentation can ever prove me right;
a single experiment can prove me wrong.
- Albert Einstein

Don't be too timid and squeamish about your actions.
All life is an experiment.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

All life is an experiment.
The more experiments you make the better.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Beyond mind, there is an awareness that is intrinsic,
that is not given to you by the outside, and is not an idea -
and there is no experiment up to now
that has found any center in the brain
which corresponds to awareness.
The whole work of meditation is
to make you aware of all that is "mind"
and disidentify yourself from it.
That very separation is the
greatest revolution that can happen to man.
Now you can do and act on only that
which makes you more joyous, fulfills you,
gives you contentment, makes your life a work of art, a beauty.
But this is possible only if the master in you is awake.
- Osho

I am convinced that people with such wounds will be
quite ready to co-operate in a safe and painless experiment
in the interests of humanity as a whole.
- Robert Barany

The true worth of an experimenter consists in his pursuing
not only what he seeks in his experiment,
but also what he did not seek.
- Claude Bernard

From the described experiment it is clear that the mere act of eating,
the food even not reaching the stomach,
determines the stimulation of the gastric glands.
- Ivan Pavlov

The ultimate court of appeal is observation and experiment...
not authority.
- Thomas Huxley

Happiness is the only sanction of life;
where happiness fails,
existence remains a mad and lamentable experiment.
- George Santayana

It doesn't matter how beautiful your theory is,
it doesn't matter how smart you are.
If it doesn't agree with experiment,
it's wrong.
- Richard P. Feynman

Over the next four years, we will be bold.
We will be willing to experiment.
We will not fear failure.
- Matt Blunt

It is an acknowledged truth in philosophy that a just
theory will always be confirmed by experiment.
- Thomas Malthus

You will have to experiment and try things out for
yourself and you will not be sure of what you are doing.
That's all right, you are feeling your way into the thing.
- Emily Carr

Marriage is too interesting an experiment to be tried only once.
- Eva Gabor

Democracy is only an experiment in government,
and it has the obvious disadvantage of merely counting
votes instead of weighing them.
- Dean Inge

The Internet is the first thing that humanity has built
that humanity doesn't understand,
the largest experiment in anarchy that we have ever had.
- Eric Schmidt

You've got to experiment to figure out what works.
- Andrew Weil

Let us unite on the safe and sure ground of fact and experiment,
and we can never err; yet better, we can never differ.
- Frances Wright

If you want to experiment, do something temporary.
- Andy Garcia

I have to experiment with methods and I'm trying to
find an authentic way of making an equivalent of the living,
breathing person within the limits of a single picture.
- Peter Wright

The Progressive Blues Experiment, Johnny Winter...
and Still Alive and Well is my favorite rock record.
- Johnny Winter

It vexes me when they would constrain science by the
authority of the Scriptures,
and yet do not consider themselves bound to answer reason and experiment.
- Galileo Galilei

To call in the statistician after the experiment is
done may be no more than asking him to perform a post-mortem examination:
he may be able to say what the experiment died of.
- Ronald Fisher

Vietnam was as much a laboratory experiment as a war.
- John Pilger

America - a great social and economic experiment,
noble in motive and far-reaching in purpose.
- Herbert Hoover

The true method of knowledge is experiment.
- William Blake

In fact any experiment that measures a quantum effect
is one in which the quantum effect is aligned with
the behavior of some heavy,
macroscopic object; that's how we measure it.
- Murray Gell-Mann

It is important to experiment and endlessly seek after
creating the best possible flavors when preparing foods.
That means not being afraid to experiment with various ingredients.
- Rocco DiSpirito

In the spirit of science, there really is no such thing
as a "failed experiment."
Any test that yields valid data is a valid test.
- Adam Savage

If your experiment needs statistics,
you ought to have done a better experiment.
- Ernest Rutherford

With this LP we were all very clear on the approach we wanted to take,
which was to do something heavy, but also experiment
with a lot of other things we really like.
- Phil Anselmo

As soon as I had proved this and, of course,
also the normal pointing action and reactions in all
other extremities and joints,
I stopped the experiment.
- Robert Barany

America has never seen itself as a national state like all others,
but rather as an experiment in human freedom and democracy.
- Brent Scowcroft

A fool is a man who never tried an experiment in his life.
- Erasmus Darwin

Everybody's a mad scientist, and life is their lab.
We're all trying to experiment to find a way to live,
to solve problems, to fend off madness and chaos.
- David Cronenberg


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