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A literary journal is intended to connect writer with reader;
by John Barton

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

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

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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

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 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

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

Reading should be a repeat performance.
- John Barton

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

I feel very connected to poets across the country.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

I would not say I chose to write long poems on a conscious level.
The long poem has been a relative constant.
- John Barton

Some readers allow their prejudices to blind them.
A good reader knows how to disregard inappropriate responses.
- 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 poet must decide not to impose his feelings in
order to write without sentimentality.
- 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

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

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

When we blindly adopt a religion,
a political system, a literary dogma,
we become automatons. We cease to grow.
- Anais Nin

I am the literary equivalent of a Big Mac and Fries.
- Stephen King

Emerson was the chief figure in the American transcendental movement,
a fact that complicates all accounts of him in literary or cultural history.
- Howard Mumford Jones

All literary men are Red Sox fans - to be a Yankee
fan in a literate society is to endanger your life.
- John Cheever

Humorists can never start to take themselves seriously.
It's literary suicide.
- Erma Bombeck

Sex in a woman's world has the same currency a penny has in a man's.
Every penny saved is a penny earned in one world and
in the next every sexual adventure is a literary experience.
- Harry Golden

For several centuries what has passed for song in literary
circles was any text that looked like the lyrics for
a commonplace melodic setting.
- David Antin

How dare anyone, parent, schoolteacher,
or merely literary critic, tell me not to act colored.
- Arna Bontemps

When I put together a graphic novel,
I don't think about literary prose.
I think about storytelling.
- Ted Rall

I would solve a lot of literary problems just thinking
about a character in the subway,
where you can't do anything anyway.
- Toni Morrison

It was less a literary thing than a linguistic,
philosophical preoccupation...
discovering how far you can go with language to create immediate,
elementary experience.
- Robert Morgan

I don't believe in myths of decline or myths of progress,
even as regards the literary scene.
- Harold Bloom

Poetry seems to have been eliminated as a literary genre,
and installed instead, as a kind of spiritual aerobic exercise -
nobody need read it,
but anybody can do it.
- Marilyn Hacker

The literary culture, if you examine it,
the high literary culture is that which preserves the
government and you know it's really the talk for those who have.
- Kathy Acker

The more melancholy side of my literary personality
is much in tune with BS Johnson's.
- Jonathan Coe

As I said earlier, there are no writers who could create
a literary vision of the new reality.
- Andrzej Wajda

The New Testament evinces its universal design in its very,
style, which alone distinguishes it from all the literary
productions of earlier and later times.
- Philip Schaff

Some literary types subscribe to the notion that being
a writer like Salinger entitles a person to remain
free of the standards that might apply to mere mortals.
- Joyce Maynard

As in political so in literary action a man wins friends
for himself mostly by the passion of his prejudices
and the consistent narrowness of his outlook.
- Joseph Conrad

I might have simply settled down into an armchair literary life.
I really don't know exactly why I didn't.
- Edward Carpenter

You have to remember that in addition to running a literary agency,
I am also an ebook publisher.
- Richard Curtis

Probably induced by the asthma, I started reading and writing early on,
my literary efforts from the age of about nine running
chiefly to poetry and plays.
- Patrick White

A literary critic is someone who can't write,
but who loves to show he would have been a wonderful writer if only he could!
- Brian Lumley

But it's not just a game of finding literary references.
- Dan Simmons

I don't have traceable literary models because I haven't
had great literary influences in my life.
- Manuel Puig

The point of literary criticism in anthropology is not to replace research,
but to find out how it is that we are persuasive.
- Clifford Geertz

I have the conviction that excessive literary production is a social offence.
- George Eliot

I don't mean that literary fiction is better than genre fiction,
On the contrary; novels can perform two functions and most perform only one.
- Mark Haddon

I did not win and in fact I was called into the principal's
office for a consultation with my parents.
But that was the beginning of my literary career.
- William Joyce

They are the literary equivalent of sequins on an evening dress.
- Stefan Kanfer

Any poet, if he is to survive beyond his 25th year,
must alter; he must seek new literary influences;
he will have different emotions to express.
- T. S. Eliot

It became plain very soon after our marriage that ours
was to be a literary partnership.
- Mary A. Ward

Politics in a literary work, is like a gun shot in the middle of a concert,
something vulgar, and however, something which is impossible to ignore.
- Stendhal

If a literary man puts together two words about music,
one of them will be wrong.
- Aaron Copland

Literary fiction, as a strict genre,
is all but dead.
Meanwhile, most genres flourish.
- Dean Koontz

I dislike literary jargon and never use it.
Criticism has only one function and that is to help
readers read and understand literature.
It is not a science, it is an aid to art.
- Anne Stevenson

Books on horse racing subjects have never done well,
and I am told that publishers had come to think of
them as the literary version of box office poison.
- Laura Hillenbrand

They say the test of literary power is whether a man
can write an inscription.
I say, 'Can he name a kitten?'
- Samuel Butler

We had literary references, so we knew what we were talking about.
We could quote things, talk about books we'd read;
you can say something,
you don't have to explain it.
- Kevin Ayers


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