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My friends never talk to me about my poetry because
by 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

I like poems that are little games.
- Peter Davison

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

 

It is very difficult for people to come in contact
with their own emotions and their own sensibilities.
- 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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Frost is the most sophisticated of poets.
- Peter Davison

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

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

The problem, for me, with the writing programs is that
they produce a terrible uniformity of product.
- 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 was invented as an mnemonic device to enable
people to remember their prayers.
- 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

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

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

I like poems that are complex.
- Peter Davison

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

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

Poetry is composing for the breath.
- Peter Davison

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

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

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

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

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

To go against the dominant thinking of your friends,
of most of the people you see every day,
is perhaps the most difficult act of heroism you can perform.
- Theodore H. White

It is the friends you can call up at 4 A.M. that matter.
- Marlene Dietrich

Live with intention.
Walk to the edge.
Listen hard.
Practice wellness.
Play with abandon.
Laugh.
Choose with no regret.
Appreciate your friends.
Continue to learn.
Do what you love.
Live as if this is all there is.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Our opportunity is to Soar our Spirit.
To see Light and Joy in everything.
To spread our wings and fly boldly.
To give thanks for rainbows and butterflies -
our symbols of renewal and rebirth.
To offer daily Thanksgiving - for ourselves, our family,
our friends, our community, for the whole world.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Your greatest gift to your family and friends is yourself -
your relaxed, happy, and fully-present self.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You can make more friends in two months
by becoming interested in other people
than you can in two years by trying
to get other people interested in you.
- Dale Carnegie

Am I not destroying my enemies
when I make friends of them?
- Abraham Lincoln

Best Friends: we're a parade - even by ourselves!
- Mary Anne Radmacher

May love and laughter light your days,
and warm your heart and home.
May good and faithful friends be yours,
wherever you may roam.
May peace and plenty bless your world
with joy that long endures.
May all life's passing seasons
bring the best to you and yours.
- Irish Blessing

Farewell My Friend
It was beautiful as long as it lasted
The journey of my life.
I have no regrets whatsoever
save the pain I'll leave behind.
Those dear hearts who love and care...
And the strings pulling at the heart and soul...
The strong arms that held me up
When my own strength let me down.
At every turning of my life
I came across good friends,
Friends who stood by me,
Even when the time raced me by.
Farewell, farewell my friends
I smile and bid you goodbye.
No, shed no tears for I need them not
All I need is your smile.
If you feel sad do think of me
for that's what I'll like
when you live in the hearts
of those you love, remember then
you never die.
- Gitanjali Ghei

Marriage, ultimately, is the practice of
becoming passionate friends.
- Harville Hendrix

It takes a great deal of courage to stand up to your enemies,
but even more to stand up to your friends.
- J.K. Rowling

Sometimes new love comes between old friends.
Sometimes the best love was the one that was always there.
- Anonymous

It is easy enough to be friendly to one's friends.
But to befriend the one who regards himself as your enemy
is the quintessence of true religion.
The other is mere business.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

One measure of friendship consists
not in the number of things friends can discuss,
but in the number of things they need no longer mention.
- Clifton Fadiman

I will reflect the finest qualities my friends offer me
and remind them of all the promise I see in them.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

When friends stop being frank and useful to each other,
the whole world loses some of its radiance.
- Anatole Broyard

Friends are God's apology for relations.
- Hugh Kingsmille

The best time to make friends is before you need them.
- Ethel Barrymore

It is one of the blessings of old friends
that you can afford to be stupid with them.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

We'll be friends until forever, just you wait and see.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

Friends share our pain and touch our wounds
with a gentle and tender hand.
- Henri Nouwen

I have friends in overalls
whose friendship I would not swap
for the favor of the kings of the world.
- Thomas A. Edison

Friends are like bras:
close to your heart and there for support.
- Anonymous

When true friends meet in adverse hour,
'Tis like a sunbeam through a shower.
A watery way an instant seen,
The darkly closing clouds between.
- Sir Walter Scott

Chance makes our parents, but choice makes our friends.
- Jacques Delille

I get by with a little help from my friends.
- John Lennon

Life is partly what we make it,
and partly what it is made by the friends we choose.
- Tehyi Hsieh

Friends are born, not made.
- Henry Adams

So long as the memory of certain
beloved friends lives in my heart,
I shall say that life is good.
- Helen Keller

Friendship is a thing most necessary to life,
since without friends no one would choose to live,
though possessed of all other advantages.
- Aristotle

Friendship with one's self is all important,
because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

The making of friends, who are real friends,
is the best token we have of a man's success in life.
- Edward Everett Hale

The best way to keep your friends
is not to give them away.
- Wilson Mizner

I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends.
- Abraham Lincoln

My father always used to say that when you die,
if you've got five real friends, then you've had a great life.
- Lee Iacocca

Best friends are the ones who can be the farthest away
but there the fastest when you call.
- Anonymous

Truly great friends are hard to find,
difficult to leave, and impossible to forget.
- Anonymous

The difference between men friends and women friends
is that men tend to do things together,
women tend to just be together.
- Art Jahnke

It is only the great-hearted who can be true friends.
The mean and cowardly can never know what true friendship means.
- Charles Kingsley


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