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The reason one writes poems is so that your poem will be remembered. ...
by Peter Davison

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

I like poems that are little games.
- 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

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

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

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Frost is the most sophisticated of poets.
- Peter Davison

I like poems that are complex.
- 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

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

Poetry is composing for the breath.
- Peter Davison

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Believe nothing, no matter where you read it,
or who said it, no matter if I have said it,
unless it agrees with your own reason
and your own common sense.
- The Buddha

I believe that everything happens for a reason.
People change so that you can learn to let go,
things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they're right,
you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself,
and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.
- Marilyn Monroe

We are not afraid to follow truth
wherever it may lead,
nor to tolerate any error
so long as reason is left free to combat it.
- Thomas Jefferson

Only one who devotes himself to a cause
with his whole strength and soul
can be a true master.
For this reason mastery demands all of a person.
- Albert Einstein

Fear cannot be banished, but it can be calm and without panic;
it can be mitigated by reason and evaluation.
- Vannevar Bush

When I am getting ready to reason with a man,
I spend one-third of my time thinking about myself
and what I am going to say
and two-thirds about him and what he is going to say.
- Abraham Lincoln

If an opinion contrary to your own makes you angry,
that is a sign that you are subconsciously aware
of having no good reason for thinking as you do.
- Bertrand Russell

It is not what we choose that is important;
it is the reason we choose it.
- Carolyn Myss

The only sovereign you can allow to rule you is reason.
- Terry Goodkind

I don't believe in killing whatever the reason!
- John Lennon

The ultimate authority must always rest
with the individual's own reason and critical analysis.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

The reason why men do not obey us,
is because they see the mud at the bottom of our eye.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

There are a hundred valid reasons why something can't be done,
but only one reason, Commitment, why it can.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

My only reason for not experiencing bliss at this very moment
is thinking about what I don't have.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Trust your instinct to the end,
though you can render no reason.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

You don't need a reason to be happy,
just a choice.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I reject any religious doctrine that does not appeal
to reason and is in conflict with morality.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

An error does not become truth
by reason of multiplied propagation,
nor does truth become error because nobody sees it.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

The important thing is not to stop questioning.
Curiosity has its own reason for existing.
- Albert Einstein

If we would guide by the light of reason
we must let our minds be bold.
- Louis D. Brandeis

When was the last time you took
a different route to work ... just because?
Consider shaking up your life a little (or a lot) ...
for no reason, except to do it.
Let your life be an adventure.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Grace defies reason and logic.
- Bono

For as long as I can remember, I've been searching for something,
some reason why we're here. What are we doing here? Who are we?
If this is a chance to find out
even just a little part of that answer...
I don't know, I think it's worth a human life. Don't you?
- the Jodie Foster movie Contact (1997)

The only reason you suffer is because you choose to suffer.
The only reason you are happy is because you choose to be happy.
Happiness is a choice, and so is suffering.
- don Miguel Ruiz

The very essence of instinct is that
it's followed independently of reason.
- Charles Darwin

Passion rules reason.
- Terry Goodkind

Every formula of every religion has, in this age of reason,
to submit to the acid test of reason and universal assent.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Faith consists in believing when it is
beyond the power of reason to believe.
- Voltaire

Life was meant to be lived,
and curiosity must be kept alive.
One must never, for whatever reason,
turn his back on life.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

The only reason we don't open our hearts and minds to other people
is that they trigger confusion in us
that we don't feel brave enough or sane enough to deal with.
To the degree that we look clearly and compassionately at ourselves,
we feel confident and fearless about looking into someone else's eyes.
- Pema Chodron

People will, in a great degree,
and not without reason,
form their opinion of you upon
that which they have of your friends;
and there is a Spanish proverb
which says very justly,
"Tell me whom you live with,
and I will tell you who you are.
- Lord Chesterfield

Common looking people are the best in the world:
that is the reason the Lord makes so many of them.
- Abraham Lincoln

The greatest battle of all is simply... Life.
This is no child's game. This is the big one -
the Super Bowl - the Game of all games.
The rules of Life are unwritten and unknown.
Perhaps, one could say that there are no rules.
The Judge has ultimate power.
She can call the game at any time - for any reason.
The penalties in the Game are completely arbitrary -
in both timing and severity.
Penalty for what, we ask?
The Judge is silent.
How can I win the Game?
"You can never win," comes the answer,
"So just take pleasure in playing the Game."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When does a belief bring out the best in you?
When does a belief hold you prisoner to yesterday
and limit your options for designing a great future?
Test your beliefs with as much objectivity
as you can bring to the subject.
Be willing to let go of those beliefs
that represent your parents' opinions,
or your communities opinions, rather than your own.
Those beliefs that withstand rigorous testing,
should become the foundation of your being -
your reason for living.
Take action on those beliefs.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

What is a miracle? To some, it is an act of God.
To others, something amazing, extraordinary, or unexpected.
To me, Life is a miracle.
Everything that happens is a miracle.
There is no reason for me to exist as I do -
no reason for humanity, the universe, or the laws of Nature.
Energy, mass, gravity and the rest of existence
are all so improbable.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason.
- Benjamin Franklin [attributed]

I guess the real reason that my wife and I had children
is the same reason that Napoleon had for invading Russia:
it seemed like a good idea at the time.
- Bill Cosby

Once you respect yourself, there is no longer
any reason to disrespect anyone else.
Once you are confident of your own worthiness,
the worthiness of others ceases to be an issue.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Humor is reason gone mad.
- Groucho Marx

Do not seek the because -
in love there is no because,
no reason, no explanation, no solutions.
- Anais Nin


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