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
do I mean PERFECTION?



September 17, 1986


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

  • 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.
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  • Savita Tyagi (11/21/2015 6:02:00 PM)

    Very thoughtfully narrated in its brevity. (Report) Reply

  • Susan Williams 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

  • Mohammed Asim Nehal Mohammed Asim Nehal (11/21/2015 11:30:00 AM)

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

  • Ratnakar Mandlik (11/21/2015 4:44:00 AM)

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

  • Seema Jayaraman 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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