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Every so often I find some poems that are too good
by 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

I like poems that are little games.
- 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

Poetry is composing for the breath.
- Peter Davison

 

Poetry was invented as an mnemonic device to enable
people to remember their prayers.
- Peter Davison

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

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

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

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

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

I like poems that are complex.
- Peter Davison

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

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

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

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

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

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

Frost is the most sophisticated of poets.
- Peter Davison

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

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

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

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

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

The darkest night is often the bridge to the brightest tomorrow.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.
- Chinese proverb often quoted by Eleanor Roosevelt

To laugh often and much;
to win the respect of intelligent people
and the affection of children,
to leave the world a better place,
to know even one life has breathed easier
because you have lived,
this is to have succeeded.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Live boldly. Laugh Loudly. Love Truly.
Play as often as you can
Work as smart as you are able.
Share your heart as deeply as you can reach.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Today is your day to laugh at life,
laugh at what's funny - laugh at what's sad,
laugh loud - laugh often,
laugh at me - laugh at you - laugh at life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Stand often in the company of dreamers.
They believe you can achieve impossible things.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow.
- Swedish Proverb

The best cure for our own self-inflicted suffering
is often service to others.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When one door closes, another opens.
But often we look so long, so regretfully,
upon the closed door,
that we fail to see the one that is opened for us.
- Helen Keller

Laugh Loud - Laugh Often
Laugh At What's Funny - Laugh At What's Sad
Laugh At Me - Laugh At You - Laugh At Life
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Live Well, Love Much, Laugh Often.
- Anonymous

Great talents are the most lovely
and often the most dangerous
fruits on the tree of humanity.
They hang upon the most slender twigs
that are easily snapped off.
- Carl Jung

People often say that motivation doesn't last.
Well, neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily.
- Zig Ziglar

Anger is often more hurtful than the injury that caused it.
- English Proverb

Success often grows best in the fertile soil of failure.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When I'm trusting and being myself...
everything in my life reflects this
by falling into place easily, often miraculously.
- Shakti Gawain

Play as often as you can.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Watch what people are cynical about,
and one can often discover what they lack.
- George S. Patton

Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand,
the spines of others are often stiffened.
- Billy Graham

A widespread belief is more often likely
to be foolish than sensible.
- Bertrand Russell

Small opportunities are often
the beginning of great enterprises.
- Demosthenes

Most of us love, to be sure.
Yet far too often our love is passive.
We must be proactive in our love
in order for it to change our lives.
- Marianne Williamson

To improve is to change;
to be perfect is to change often.
- Winston Churchill

The greatest power is often simple patience.
- E. Joseph Cossman

Know that the darkest night is often
the bridge to the brightest tomorrow.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

They must often change,
who would be constant in happiness or wisdom.
- Confucius

Often it does not matter so much what we choose,
but that we do choose.
- Alan Cohen

I think wholeness is God's design for us;
and that often amounts to embracing contradictions.
- Bono

Being defeated is often a temporary condition.
Giving up is what makes it permanent.
- Marilyn vos Savant

What people often mean by getting rid of conflict
is getting rid of diversity,
and it is of the utmost importance
that these should not be considered the same.
- M. P. Follett

Books can only reveal us to ourselves,
and as often as they do us this service we lay them aside.
- Henry David Thoreau

Avoiding danger is no safer
in the long run than outright exposure.
he fearful are caught as often as the bold.
- Helen Keller

The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie,
deliberate, contrived and dishonest,
but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.
- John F. Kennedy

Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as often.
- Mark Twain

People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered; ...
Forgive them anyway.
- Kent Keith
(often attributed to Mother Teresa, who kept a copy
on the wall of her orphanage)

By not caring too much about what people think,
I'm able to think for myself
and propagate ideas which are very often unpopular.
And I succeed.
- Albert Ellis

When trouble arises and things look bad,
there is always one individual who perceives a solution
and is willing to take command.
Very often, that individual is crazy.
- Dave Barry

People in their handlings of affairs
often fail when they are about to succeed.
If one remains as careful at the end
as he was at the beginning,
there will be no failure.
- Lao Tzu

Half a truth is often a great lie.
- Benjamin Franklin

What we call the beginning is often the end.
And to make an end is to make a beginning.
The end is where we start from.
- T. S. Eliot


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