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The poet exposes himself to the risk.
by A. R. Ammons

The poet exposes himself to the risk.
All that has been said about poetry,
all that he has learned about poetry,
is only a partial assurance.
- A. R. Ammons

Everything is discursive opinion instead of direct experience.
- A. R. Ammons

Is it not careless to become too local when there are
four hundred billion stars in our galaxy alone.
- A. R. Ammons

Definition, rationality, and structure are ways of seeing,
but they become prisons when they blank out other ways of seeing.
- A. R. Ammons

 

Only silence perfects silence.
- A. R. Ammons

For though we often need to be restored to the small,
concrete, limited, and certain, we as often need to
be reminded of the large,
vague, unlimited, unknown.
- A. R. Ammons

If a poem is each time new, then it is necessarily an act of discovery,
a chance taken, a chance that may lead to fulfillment or disaster.
- A. R. Ammons

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You have your identity when you find out,
not what you can keep your mind on, but what you can't keep your mind off.
- A. R. Ammons

If the greatest god is the stillness all the motions add up to,
then we must ineluctably be included.
- A. R. Ammons

Each poem in becoming generates the laws by which it is generated:
extensions of the laws to other poems never completely take.
- A. R. Ammons

Poetry leads us to the unstructured sources of our beings,
to the unknown, and returns us to our rational,
structured selves refreshed.
- A. R. Ammons

I take the walk to be the externalization of an interior
seeking so that the analogy is first of all between
the external and the internal.
- A. R. Ammons

Anything looked at closely becomes wonderful.
- A. R. Ammons

In nature there are few sharp lines.
- A. R. Ammons

There's something to be said in favor of working in
isolation in the real world.
- A. R. Ammons

If we ask a vague question, such as,
'What is poetry?' we expect a vague answer,
such as, 'Poetry is the music of words,'
or 'Poetry is the linguistic correction of disorder.'
- A. R. Ammons

Questions structure and, so, to some extent predetermine answers.
- A. R. Ammons

I am grateful for - though I can't keep up with -
the flood of articles,
theses, and textbooks that mean to share insight concerning the nature of poetry.
- A. R. Ammons

A poem generated by its own laws may be unrealized
and bad in terms of so-called objective principles of taste,
judgement, deduction.
- A. R. Ammons

Once every five hundred years or so,
a summary statement about poetry comes along that we
can't imagine ourselves living without.
- A. R. Ammons

Probably all the attention to poetry results in some value,
though the attention is more often directed to lesser than to greater values.
- A. R. Ammons

That's a wonderful change that's taken place,
and so most poetry today is published,
if not directly by the person, certainly by the enterprise of the poet himself,
working with his friends.
- A. R. Ammons

Besides the actual reading in class of many poems,
I would suggest you do two things: first,
while teaching everything you can and keeping free of it,
teach that poetry is a mode of discourse that differs from logical exposition.
- A. R. Ammons

I can't tell you where a poem comes from,
what it is, or what it is for: nor can any other man.
The reason I can't tell you is that the purpose of
a poem is to go past telling,
to be recognised by burning.
- A. R. Ammons

I must stress here the point that I appreciate clarity,
order, meaning, structure, rationality:
they are necessary to whatever provisional stability we have,
and they can be the agents of gradual and successful change.
- A. R. Ammons

Even if you walk exactly the same route each time -
as with a sonnet -
the events along the route cannot be imagined to be
the same from day to day,
as the poet's health, sight, his anticipations,
moods, fears, thoughts cannot be the same.
- A. R. Ammons

I am the poet of my mind.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I am the poet of my mind.
I am the painter of my heart.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Today, like every other day, we wake up empty
and frightened. Don't open the door to the study
and begin reading. Take down a musical instrument.
Let the beauty we love be what we do.
There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.
- Rumi (Persian poet 1207-1273)

The poet is a liar who always speaks the truth.
- Jean Cocteau

The poet may be used as a barometer,
but let us not forget that he is also part of the weather.
- Lionel Trilling

Children and lunatics cut the Gordian knot which the
poet spends his life patiently trying to untie.
- Jean Cocteau

If you cannot be a poet, be the poem.
- David Carradine

Death most resembles a prophet who is without honor
in his own land or a poet who is a stranger among his people.
- Khalil Gibran

Each memorable verse of a true poet has two or three
times the written content.
- Alfred de Musset

To be a poet is a condition, not a profession.
- Robert Frost

You don't have to suffer to be a poet;
adolescence is enough suffering for anyone.
- John Ciardi

At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet.
- Plato

As the poet said, 'Only God can make a tree,'
probably because it's so hard to figure out how to get the bark on.
- Woody Allen

The poet doesn't invent.
He listens.
- Jean Cocteau

A poet's work is to name the unnameable,
to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments,
shape the world, and stop it going to sleep.
- Salman Rushdie

God is the perfect poet.
- Robert Browning

A poet is, before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language.
- W. H. Auden

"Therefore" is a word the poet must not know.
- Andre Gide

A true poet does not bother to be poetical.
Nor does a nursery gardener scent his roses.
- Jean Cocteau

A poet looks at the world the way a man looks at a woman.
- Wallace Stevens

The poet is one who is able to keep
the fresh vision of the child alive.
- Anais Nin

A poet's autobiography is his poetry.
Anything else is just a footnote.
- Yevgeny Yevtushenko

A poet can survive everything but a misprint.
- Oscar Wilde

There'll always be working people in my poems because I grew up with them,
and I am a poet of memory.
- Philip Levine

A sculptor is a person who is interested in the shape of things,
a poet in words, a musician by sounds.
- Henry Moore

Always be a poet, even in prose.
- Charles Baudelaire

He who draws noble delights from sentiments of poetry is a true poet,
though he has never written a line in all his life.
- George Sand

Poetry is the revelation of a feeling that the poet
believes to be interior and personal which the reader recognizes as his own.
- Salvatore Quasimodo

A film is never really good unless the camera is an
eye in the head of a poet.
- Orson Welles

Married or unmarried, young or old, poet or worker,
you are still a dreamer, and will one time know,
and feel, that your life is but a dream.
- Donald G. Mitchell

Whatever poet, orator or sage may say of it,
old age is still old age.
- Sinclair Lewis

Poetry is a succession of questions which the poet constantly poses.
- Vicente Aleixandre

The woman poet must be either a sexless,
reclusive eccentric, with nothing to say specifically to women,
or a brilliant, tragic, tortured suicide.
- Marilyn Hacker

The poet laureate of England talked about murdering Jews on the West Bank.
- Steven T. Katz

In a manner of speaking, the poem is its own knower,
neither poet nor reader knowing anything that the poem
says apart from the words of the poem.
- Allen Tate

I am very sure that any man of common understanding may,
by culture, care, attention, and labor,
make himself what- ever he pleases, except a great poet.
- Lord Chesterfield

No bad man can be a good poet.
- Boris Pasternak

I started earning a living as a poet rather early on.
- Wislawa Szymborska

A mathematician, like a painter or poet,
is a maker of patterns.
If his patterns are more permanent than theirs,
it is because they are made with ideas.
- G. H. Hardy

A poet can write about a man slaying a dragon,
but not about a man pushing a button that releases a bomb.
- W. H. Auden

To decide to become a philosopher seemed as foolish
to me as to decide to become a poet.
- Karl Jaspers

But Racine's extraordinary powers as a writer become
still more obvious when we consider that besides being
a great poet he is also a great psychologist.
- Lytton Strachey

The poet gives us his essence, but prose takes the
mold of the body and mind.
- Virginia Woolf

The bad poet is a toady mimicking nature.
- Edward Dahlberg

In order to master the unruly torrent of life the learned man meditates,
the poet quivers, and the political hero erects the fortress of his will.
- Jose Ortega y Gasset


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