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For instance, it's a little better now than it ...
by 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

I like poems that are little games.
- 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

The problem, for me, with the writing programs is that
they produce a terrible uniformity of product.
- Peter Davison

 

There are so many things that poetry is about,
one of which is memory.
- 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

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

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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

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

Poetry is composing for the breath.
- Peter Davison

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

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

It is very difficult for people to come in contact
with their own emotions and their own sensibilities.
- 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

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

Frost is the most sophisticated of poets.
- Peter Davison

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

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

I like poems that are complex.
- 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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There are certain pursuits which,
if not wholly poetic and true,
do at least suggest a nobler and finer
relation to nature than we know.
The keeping of bees, for instance.
- Henry David Thoreau

There is no instance of a nation benefitting from prolonged warfare.
- Sun Tzu

But, for instance, when I was awfully young,
I read all the Oz books.
They were an enormous influence on me.
- Jack Vance

A firm, for instance, that does business in many countries
of the world is driven to spend an enormous amount of time,
labour, and money in providing for translation services.
- Edward Sapir

If my children do not behave according to Islam,
if they do not pray for instance, I will punish them.
- Abu Bakar Bashir

If I'm playing a violin thing, for instance,
I tend to respond to that sound with the way I finger.
- Andy Summers

There was a failure to recognize the deep problems in AI;
for instance,
those captured in Blocks World.
The people building physical robots learned nothing.
- Marvin Minsky

You know, Motorcycle Diaries has no incredible stories,
no sudden plot twists, it doesn't play that way.
It's about recognizing that instance of change and embracing it.
- Gael Garcia Bernal

As Buddy Rich, for instance, broke into the business at the age of three,
I think it was, on drums, so indeed did I break into
the business at the age of four as a singer.
- Mel Torme

In no instance is there to be a musical or opera of
Inherit the Wind because it doesn't sing.
It's an intellectual play.
- Jerome Lawrence

We've achieved this feeling, for instance,
with the colors.
The colors in the park are harmonious with each other,
not like in big cities where they don't.
- John Hench

Certainly, the Bush Administration will rely in the
first instance on its friends,
since it would be both illogical and counterproductive
to reward its adversaries.
- Richard V. Allen

Trade is nothing else but a Commutation of Superfluities;
for instance: I give mine,
what I can spare, for somewhat of yours,
which I want, and you can spare.
- Dudley North

A colour is a physical object as soon as we consider its dependence,
for instance, upon its luminous source,
upon other colours, upon temperatures,
upon spaces, and so forth.
- Ernst Mach

My philosophy about the game, for instance,
is that you have players out there who really do different things.
- Tiffeny Milbrett

In horror movies today it's lots of fast cut shot and
lots of loud noises on the soundtrack.
I tried to do the opposite.
Playing with silence for instance.
- Alejandro Amenabar

The judge decided in this case that both the state
and the defense would have the opportunity to respond
to certain kinds of press.
This is one such instance.
- Catherine Crier

Women speak because they wish to speak,
whereas a man speaks only when driven to speak by something outside himself like,
for instance, he can't find any clean socks.
- Jean Kerr

The purpose behind terrorism is to instill fear in people -
the fear that electrical power,
for instance, will be taken away or the transportation
system will be taken down.
- Vinton Cerf

And, for instance, Baptists, Adventists,
Lutherans, Pentecostals - let them exist on line with others.
- Vladimir Zhirinovsky

Actually, in this instance we do have probably a better
tracking system than was the instance in Canada.
Because this is a dairy cow, they're all individually tagged.
- Ann Veneman

For every moment of triumph, for every instance of beauty,
many souls must be trampled.
- Hunter S. Thompson

It depends who the director is you know,
I mean Ken Loach for instance.
I've done up to 32 takes with him.
- Robert Carlyle

For instance, I always have one hanging in Budapest in the mayors office.
- Tony Curtis

Thus, in general, in the first instance,
the direction of interest in empirical fact will be
canalised by the logical structure of the theoretical system.
- Talcott Parsons

In the first instance, therefore, global terrorism
created a kind of global community sharing a common fate,
something we had previously considered impossible.
- Ulrich Beck

For instance, why are we terrorizing this country,
leading with murder and mayhem, when crime is actually on the decline,
as somebody, as somebody mentioned?
- Christiane Amanpour

I think every singer should be able to jump in for
a singer who has been sick,
for instance, and learn an opera in two days.
I know people who can do it.
- Bryn Terfel

You can learn many things from children.
How much patience you have, for instance.
- Franklin P. Jones

Scientific thought, then, is not momentary;
it is not a static instance; it is a process.
- Jean Piaget

In no instance have...
the churches been guardians of the liberties of the people.
- James Madison

If you'll think about various series you've read,
can you think of any instance in which,
say, the tenth volume of the series is notably better
than the first nine? I can't.
- Thomas Perry

The parallels between 9/11 and Pearl Harbor are striking.
In each instance there were warning signs before the attack,
and in each instance our government failed to connect the dots.
- Diane Watson

Now, the instrumentation in the jazz band and the jazz
dance band has gone through many evolutions.
For instance, in the 'twenties the tradition was two or three saxophones.
- Gerry Mulligan

If I remember rightly Holland for instance has something like 45,
and it's a much smaller country.
In comparison we have very few and they are very badly financed.
- Richard Rogers

I must say to you that my intensions for instance doing German,
it is because Victoria de los Angeles is nothing to
do with wanting to be like a German singer.
- Victoria de los Angeles

For instance, it was very rare for anyone there with
dogs to allow them into the house.
- Marie Windsor

Kids are finding out about the potential for discovery
online from other sources;
many of them have computers at home,
for instance, or their friends have them.
- Daniel Greenberg

So, for instance, if you came to me,
I'd ask,'Do you want to write? Do you want to improvise?
Why do you want to play this instrument? What do you want to do?'
- Ornette Coleman

Bush is morally a universalist.
For instance, he says the freedom is good,
the same thing is good, all over the world.
So in that sense he's a universalist.
- Peter Singer


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