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The relation between a poet and audience is really insignificant.
by 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

I like poems that are little games.
- Peter Davison

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

Frost is the most sophisticated of poets.
- 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

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

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Poetry is composing for the breath.
- Peter Davison

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The problem, for me, with the writing programs is that
they produce a terrible uniformity of product.
- 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

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

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

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

By having a reverence for life,
we enter into a spiritual relation with the world.
By practicing reverence for life we become good, deep, and alive.
- Albert Schweitzer

Beyond a doubt, truth bears the same relation
to falsehood as light to darkness.
- Leonardo da Vinci

There are certain pursuits which,
if not wholly poetic and true,
do at least suggest a nobler and finer
relation to nature than we know.
The keeping of bees, for instance.
- Henry David Thoreau

All things appear and disappear
because of the concurrence of causes and conditions.
Nothing ever exists entirely alone;
everything is in relation to everything else.
- The Buddha

A physician's physiology has much the same relation
to his power of healing as a cleric's divinity has
to his power of influencing conduct.
- Samuel Butler

The business of art is to reveal the relation between man and his environment.
- David Herbert Lawrence

Politics have no relation to morals.
- Niccolo Machiavelli

There was no religious ceremony connected with marriage among us,
while on the other hand the relation between man and
woman was regarded as in itself mysterious and holy.
- Charles Eastman

Indeed, this epistemological theory of the relation
between theory and experiment differs sharply from
the epistemological theory of naive falsificationism.
- Imre Lakatos

In relation to a writer, most readers believe in the Double Standard:
they may be unfaithful to him as often as they like,
but he must never, never be unfaithful to them.
- W. H. Auden

Basically, what you really want to do is try to engage
the viewer's body relation to his thinking and walking and looking,
without being overly heavy-handed about it.
- Richard Serra

Hesitation increases in relation to risk in equal proportion to age.
- Ernest Hemingway

Sometimes stories are inherently important whether
or not they have a direct relation to your life.
- Linda Vester

The relation between practical and spiritual spheres in music is obvious,
if only because it demands ears, finger,
consciousness and intellect.
- Luciano Berio

It is essential that we enable young people to see
themselves as participants in one of the most exciting eras in history,
and to have a sense of purpose in relation to it.
- Nelson Rockefeller

I am not doing something that it is experimental music
in relation to classical music.
- Joanna Newsom

In our depths, I think we all feel very small in relation
to the greater universe and God.
- Jessi Colter

Without words to objectify and categorize our sensations
and place them in relation to one another,
we cannot evolve a tradition of what is real in the world.
- Ruth Hubbard

But every historical statement and legitimization itself
moves within a certain relation to history.
- Martin Heidegger

To criticize is to appreciate, to appropriate,
to take intellectual possession, to establish in fine
a relation with the criticized thing and to make it one's own.
- Henry James

The head of a ship however has not always an immediate relation to her name,
at least in the British navy.
- William Falconer

The relation of the individual person to the species
he belongs to is the most intimate of all relations.
- Havelock Ellis

Marriage must be a relation either of sympathy or of conquest.
- George Eliot

The relation between parents and children is essentially based on teaching.
- Gilbert Highet

The beauty of a face is not a separate quality but
a relation or proportion of qualities to each other.
- George H. Mead

Beauty is a relation, and the apprehension of it a comparison.
- Gerard Manley Hopkins

Saving faith is an immediate relation to Christ,
accepting, receiving, resting upon Him alone,
for justification, sanctification, and eternal life
by virtue of God's grace.
- Charles Spurgeon

You must realize that I was suffering from love and
I knew him as intimately as I knew my own image in a mirror.
In other words, I knew him only in relation to myself.
- Angela Carter

I think the relation between the monarchy and the press
is very much a two-way street.
- Anthony Holden

For too long, opponents of the PATRIOT Act have transformed
this law into a grossly distorted caricature that bears
no relation to the legislation itself.
- Jim Sensenbrenner

Politics is activity in relation to power.
- Francis Parker Yockey

Cloning looks like a degrading of parenthood and a
perversion of the right relation between parents and children.
- Leon Kass

I will place no value on anything I have or may possess
except in relation to the kingdom of Christ.
- David Livingstone

Perhaps host and guest is really the happiest relation for father and son.
- Evelyn Waugh

The first internal relation that is essential to a
secret society is the reciprocal confidence of its members.
- Georg Simmel

New Zealand's taken some very significant decisions
in relation to defence in the last two years.
- Jenny Shipley

There was really a snobbery from people in film -
they did not want people who had come from television.
It was the poor relation of show business,
and especially situation comedy.
- Sally Field

To him who looks upon the world rationally,
the world in its turn presents a rational aspect.
The relation is mutual.
- Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

We shall never resolve the enigma of the relation between
the negative foundations of greatness and that greatness itself.
- Jean Baudrillard

Our sympathy is cold to the relation of distant misery.
- Edward Gibbon


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