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Because, in fact, women, feminists, do read my poetry,
by Diane Wakoski

Because, in fact, women, feminists, do read my poetry,
and they read it often with the power of their political interpretation.
I don't care; that's what poetry is supposed to do.
- Diane Wakoski

I am not political as a person.
- Diane Wakoski

But I don't think that poetry is a good,
to use a contemporary word, venue, for current events.
- Diane Wakoski

I'm perfectly happy when I look out at an audience and it's all women.
I always think it's kind of odd, but then,
more women than men, I think, read and write poetry.
- Diane Wakoski

 

Other people have noticed more of an evolution than
I have and so I'll try to tell you where I'm coming
from and also relate it to what I think other people perceive.
- Diane Wakoski

American poets celebrate their bodies,
very specifically, as Whitman did.
- Diane Wakoski

But I am not political in the current events sense,
and I have never wanted anyone to read my poetry that way.
- Diane Wakoski

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My poems are almost all written as Diane.
I don't have any problems with that,
and if other women choose to identify with this,
I think that's terrific.
- Diane Wakoski

Still, language is resilient, and poetry when it is
pressured simply goes underground.
- Diane Wakoski

Sometimes the archaism of the language when it's spoken
is why we are all in love with the Irish today.
- Diane Wakoski

PC stuff just lowers the general acceptance of good
work and replaces it with bogus poetry that celebrates
values that in themselves are probably quite worthy.
- Diane Wakoski

American poetry, like American painting,
is always personal with an emphasis on the individuality of the poet.
- Diane Wakoski

I think that's what poetry does.
It allows people to come together and identify with
a common thing that is outside of themselves,
but which they identify with from the interior.
- Diane Wakoski

I do not read newspapers.
I do not watch television.
I am not interested in current events,
although I will occasionally discuss them if other
people want to discuss them.
- Diane Wakoski

High and low culture come together in all Post Modern art,
and American poetry is not excluded from this.
- Diane Wakoski

I definitely wish to distinguish American poetry from
British or other English language poetry.
- Diane Wakoski

I think one of the things that language poets are very
involved with is getting away from conventional ideas of beauty,
because those ideas contain a certain attitude toward women,
certain attitudes toward sex, certain attitudes toward race,
etc.
- Diane Wakoski

I don't like political poetry, and I don't write it.
If this question was pointing towards that,
I think it is missing the point of the American tradition,
which is always apolitical, even when the poetry comes
out of politically active writers.
- Diane Wakoski

From reading a previous answer, you know that I consider
all those aspects to be part of American cultural myth
and thus they figure into good American poetry,
whether the poet is aware of what he is doing or not.
- Diane Wakoski

One, I have a wonderful publisher, Black Sparrow Press;
as long as they exist,
they will keep me in print.
And they claim they sell very respectable numbers of my books,
so I guess, and it's true, every place I go,
my books are in libraries and on bookshelves.
- Diane Wakoski

So, I've never been politically correct,
even before that term was available to us,
and I have really identified with other people who
don't want to be read as just a black poet,
or just a woman poet, or just someone who represents a cause,
an anti-Vietnam war poet.
- Diane Wakoski

I think that great poetry is the most interesting and
complex use of the poet's language at that point in history,
and so it's even more exciting when you read a poet like Yeats,
almost 100 years old now, and you think that perhaps
no one can really top that.
- Diane Wakoski

I have always wanted what I have now come to call the
voice of personal narrative.
That has always been the appealing voice in poetry.
It started for me lyrically in Shakespeare's sonnets.
- Diane Wakoski

Distinctly American poetry is usually written in the
context of one's geographic landscape,
sometimes out of one's cultural myths,
and often with reference to gender and race or ethnic origins.
- Diane Wakoski

I think I'm a very good reader of poetry,
but obviously, like everybody, I have a set of criteria for reading poems,
and I'm not shy about presenting them,
so if people ask for my critical response to a poem,
I tell them what works and why, and what doesn't work and why.
- Diane Wakoski

I'm passing on a tradition of which I am part.
There's a long line of poets who went before me,
and I'm another one, and I'm hoping to pass that on to other younger,
or newer, poets than myself.
- Diane Wakoski

Cause and effect are two sides of one fact.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact.
Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.
- Marcus Aurelius

The fact is, that to do anything in the world worth doing,
we must not stand back shivering and thinking of the cold and danger,
but jump in and scramble through as well as we can.
- Robert Cushing

To kill an error is as good a service as,
and sometimes even better than,
the establishing of a new truth or fact.
- Charles Darwin

I know nothing except the fact of my ignorance.
- Socrates

Believe that life is worth living,
and your belief will help create the fact.
- William James

We cannot change our past.
We cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way.
We cannot change the inevitable.
The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have,
and that is our attitude.
I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me
and 90% how I react to it.
- Charles R. Swindoll

Friends love misery, in fact.
Sometimes, especially if we are too lucky
or too successful or too pretty,
our misery is the only thing that endears us to our friends.
- Erica Jong

Now there is one outstanding important fact regarding spaceship earth,
and that is that no instruction book came with it.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

The mind exists in time, in fact the mind is time;
it exists in the past and the future.
And remember, time consists of only two tenses,
the past and the future.
The present is not part of time,
the present is part of eternity.
- Osho

All the Buddhas of all the ages have been
telling you a very simple fact:
Be - don't try to become.
Within these two words, be and becoming,
your whole life is contained.
Being is enlightenment, becoming is ignorance.
- Osho

Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say,
abstains from giving us wordy evidence of the fact.
- George Eliot

The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.
Attitude to me is more important than facts.
It is more important than the past, than education, than money,
than circumstances, than failures, than success,
than what other people think or say or do.
It is more important than appearance, gift, or skill.
It will make or break a company ... a church ... a home.
The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day
regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day.
We cannot change our past ...
we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way.
We cannot change the inevitable.
The only thing we can do is play on the string we have,
and that is our attitude.
I am convinced that life is 10 percent what happens to me
and 90 percent how I react to it.
And so it is with you ...
we are in charge of our attitudes.
- Charles Swindoll

Every natural fact is a symbol of some spiritual fact.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

If it weren't for the fact that the TV set and the
refrigerator are so far apart,
some of us wouldn't get any exercise at all.
- Joey Adams

A simple fact that is hard to learn is that the time
to save money is when you have some.
- Joe Moore

A truly American sentiment recognizes the dignity of
labor and the fact that honor lies in honest toil.
- Grover Cleveland

If the new American father feels bewildered and even defeated,
let him take comfort from the fact that whatever he
does in any fathering situation has a fifty percent chance of being right.
- Bill Cosby

Every natural fact is a symbol of some spiritual fact.
Every appearance in nature corresponds to some state of the mind,
and that state of the mind can only be described
by presenting that natural appearance as its picture.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Jealousy is a disease, love is a healthy condition.
The immature mind often mistakes one for the other,
or assumes that the greater the love, the greater the jealousy -
in fact, they're almost incompatible;
one emotion hardly leaves room for the other.
Both at once can produce unbearable turmoil.
- Robert Heinlein

Equality may perhaps be a right, but no power on earth
can ever turn it into a fact.
- Honore de Balzac

I am certainly not one of those who need to be prodded.
In fact, if anything, I am the prod.
- Winston Churchill

It is a scientific fact that your body will not absorb
cholesterol if you take it from another person's plate.
- Dave Barry

Science is organized common sense where many a beautiful
theory was killed by an ugly fact.
- Thomas Huxley

You know they say the most dangerous person of the
world is a member of the United States Congress just
home from a three-day fact-finding trip.
- Johnny Isakson

The great secret of doctors, known only to their wives,
but still hidden from the public, is that most things
get better by themselves;
most things,
in fact, are better in the morning.
- Lewis Thomas

The great tragedy of science - the slaying of a beautiful
hypothesis by an ugly fact.
- Thomas Huxley

The fact that some geniuses were laughed at does
not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses.
They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton,
they laughed at the Wright brothers.
But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown.
- Carl Sagan

I can't let important policy decisions hinge on the
fact that an election is coming up every 90 days.
- Gerhard Schroeder

The fact that I exist is a perpetual surprise.
- Rabindranath Tagore

The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born -
that there is a genetic factor to leadership.
This myth asserts that people simply either
have certain charismatic qualities or not.
That's nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true.
Leaders are made rather than born.
- Warren G. Bennis

You have to be a bastard to make it, and that's a fact.
And the Beatles are the biggest bastards on earth.
- John Lennon

Thirty was so strange for me.
I've really had to come to terms with the fact that
I am now a walking and talking adult.
- C. S. Lewis

The basic fact about human existence is not that it is a tragedy,
but that it is a bore.
It is not so much a war as an endless standing in line.
- H. L. Mencken

Equality is the soul of liberty; there is,
in fact, no liberty without it.
- Frances Wright

It is a fact that cannot be denied:
the wickedness of others becomes our own wickedness
because it kindles something evil in our own hearts.
- Carl Jung

Belief creates the actual fact.
- William James

Every known fact in natural science was divined
by the presentiment of somebody,
before it was actually verified.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability
of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.
- Henry David Thoreau

In fact, there was general agreement that minds can
exist on nonbiological substrates and that algorithms
are of central importance to the existence of minds.
- Vernor Vinge

Doing comedy for film is always a challenge because
you are in the hands of the editor after the fact.
I am hoping I can do some more soon,
I enjoy doing comedy.
- Tim Roth

But clearly the fact that we've gone from zero Iraqi
security forces on duty in May to up to 200,000 today
is an enormous accomplishment,
but it's not enough.
- John Abizaid

I've watched those shows my whole life -
being on one is like a dream.
It's hard to balance that dream with the fact that
this is the Edie I've known my whole life.
- Edie Falco

There's one more terrifying fact about old people:
I'm going to be one soon.
- P. J. O'Rourke

It is a fact that governments tend to put in place
policies and strategies in response to current scenarios.
- Julie Bishop


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