Joanne Kyger

(19 November 1934)

You Know When You Write Poetry You Find - Poem by Joanne Kyger

You know when you write poetry you find
the architecture of your lineage your teachers
like Robert Duncan for me gave me some glue for the heart
Beats which gave confidence
and competition
to the Images of Perfection

. . . or as dinner approaches I become hasty

September 17, 1986

Comments about You Know When You Write Poetry You Find by Joanne Kyger

  • Bronze Star - 2,502 Points A. Madhavan (11/21/2015 7:20:00 PM)

    This writer's short verse on writing poems was written nearly 30 years ago, I see. Hope for me yet.
    I do not see any 'architecture of lineage' in my teachers, friends, and other people, other things. Nor
    can I accept 'glue for the heart'. Maybe, we should be generous to critics, but patient enough to
    wait for fame. My father quoted someone's quip: Fame is a thing that dead men eat.
    AM (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 11,888 Points Savita Tyagi (11/21/2015 6:02:00 PM)

    Very thoughtfully narrated in its brevity. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 13,715 Points Susan Williams (11/21/2015 4:03:00 PM)

    some glue for the heart beats- - the architecture of our lineage- - very interesting way of looking at writing (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 39,563 Points Mohammed Asim Nehal (11/21/2015 11:30:00 AM)

    Well written poem.....A thought provoking indeed. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 13,815 Points Ratnakar Mandlik (11/21/2015 4:44:00 AM)

    A though provoking and meaningful verse. Enjoyed reading. Thanks for sharing.10+ points. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 11,382 Points Seema Jayaraman (11/21/2015 12:31:00 AM)

    A profound realization, when we write we reflect the lineage of all our gurus, our influences our guiding lights our experiences.. though provoking.. thanks for sharing (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Poem Edited: Tuesday, January 10, 2012

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