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The reader's challenge is to replicate the experiment
by John Barton

The reader's challenge is to replicate the experiment
by reading the poem and to draw their own conclusions.
- John Barton

No poem is easily grasped; so why should any reader expect fast results?
- John Barton

Sometimes poetry is inspired by the conversation entered
into by reading other poems.
- John Barton

Poetry is but another form of inquiry into the nature of phenomena,
using with its own unique procedures and tools.
- John Barton

 

Reading should be a repeat performance.
- John Barton

I feel very connected to poets across the country.
- John Barton

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

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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

Poets can't resist the dramatic pull of their lives
and so inevitably write autobiographical verse.
- John Barton

Who is the ideal reader? God only knows.
- 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

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

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

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

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

Some readers allow their prejudices to blind them.
A good reader knows how to disregard inappropriate responses.
- 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

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

You can never step into the same book twice,
because you are different each time you read it.
- John Barton

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

The poet must decide not to impose his feelings in
order to write without sentimentality.
- John Barton

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Poetry should...
should strike the reader as a wording of his own highest thoughts,
and appear almost a remembrance.
- John Keats

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

Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.
- Margaret Fuller

O Day of days when we can read!
The reader and the book, either without the other is naught.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

One must be a wise reader to quote wisely and well.
- Amos Bronson Alcott

I have never written a book that didn't teach me
far more than it taught any reader.
- Isaac Asimov

We're not keen on the idea of the story sharing its valence with the reader.
But the reader's own life "outside" the story changes the story.
- David Foster Wallace

I have no ambition to surprise my reader.
Castles with unknown passages are not compatible with my homely muse.
- Anthony Trollope

Whenever I write, I'm always thinking of the reader.
- Manuel Puig

If modesty and candor are necessary to an author in
his judgment of his own works,
no less are they in his reader.
- Sarah Fielding

The Bible - it's sort of the other person in the room.
There's this book, the reader, and the Bible.
- Anita Diament

Each reader needs to bring his or her own mind and heart to the text.
- Dean Koontz

But we talk about issues, we talk about people,
we talk about personalities.
George is a very good reader of people,
and he's very perceptive about people,
and you know, that's fine.
- Laura Bush

When I write, I enjoy myself so much that what is being
written really needs no reader.
- Guillermo Cabrera Infante

A critic is a reader who ruminates.
Thus, he should have more than one stomach.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

The relationship between reader and characters is very difficult.
It is even more peculiar than the relationship between
the writer and his characters.
- Guillermo Cabrera Infante

No one ever became, or can become truly eloquent without
being a reader of the Bible,
and an admirer of the purity and sublimity of its language.
- Fisher Ames

It would be easier to write a novel without reader input,
but I feel the fiction is richer for it.
- Piers Anthony

In a sense, there's a great truth to that,
but, also I was a great reader.
- A. E. van Vogt

I go to great lengths to make certain situations feel right to the reader.
- Sidney Sheldon

Writing poetry makes you intensely conscious of how words sound,
both aloud and inside the head of the reader.
You learn the weight of words and how they sound to the ear.
- Helen Dunmore

Will the reader turn the page?
- Catherine Drinker Bowen

I feel that these stories are being written to articulate
certain confusions and disappointments,
and I do mean to shake up the reader,
and I do hope they're on target.
- Ann Beattie

I was not a big comic-book reader.
- Brad Bird

I want you, as a reader, to experience what I experience,
to let that other world, that imaginary world that I have created,
tell you things about the real world.
- Terry Brooks

I was quite a reader before I became a writer.
- Tom T. Hall

Before I'm a writer, I'm definitely a reader and when I read memoir,
I really want it to be true.
- Augusten Burroughs

I concentrate on the lives of individuals whom the
reader comes to know and feel with intimately.
- Helen Dunmore

I am not a speed reader.
I am a speed understander.
- Isaac Asimov

The things I keep going back to, rereading,
maybe they say more about me as a reader than about the books.
Love in the Time of Cholera, Pale Fire.
- Michael Chabon

I have great faith in the intelligence of the American
viewer and reader to put two and two together and come up with four.
- Jim Lehrer

I was a big Nancy Drew reader.
Nancy figures it out.
Case closed.
- Sarah Vowell

The reader deserves an honest opinion.
If he doesn't deserve it, give it to him anyhow.
- John Ciardi

Sometimes the reader will decide something else than the author's intent;
this is certainly true of attempts to empirically decipher reality.
- John M. Ford

All literature consists of whatever the writer thinks is cool.
The reader will like the book to the degree that he
agrees with the writer about what's cool.
- Steven Brust

When I read, I'm purely a reader.
- Anne Tyler

Journalism's ultimate purpose is to inform the reader,
to bring him each day a letter from home and never
to permit the serving of special interests.
- Arthur Ochs Sulzberger

A writer's ambition should be to trade a hundred contemporary
readers for ten readers in ten years' time and for
one reader in a hundred years' time.
- Arthur Koestler

Ideally a book would have no order in it,
and the reader would have to discover his own.
- Raoul Vaneigem


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