Quotations About / On:
Not all poems about people are poems about people.
Our poems will have failed if our readers are not brought by them beyond the poems.
(Muriel Rukeyser (1913-1980), U.S. poet. The Life of Poetry, ch. 5 (1949).)
“If after I read a poem the world looks like that poem for 24 hours or so Im sure its a good one—and the same goes for paintings. ”
In every good poem everything must be both deliberate and instinctive. That is how the poem becomes ideal.
(Friedrich Von Schlegel (1772-1829), German philosopher. Aphorism 23 in Selected Aphorisms from the Lyceum (1797), translated by Ernst Behler and Roman Struc, Dialogue on Poetry and Literary Aphorisms, Pennsylvania University Press (1968).)
To declaim freedom verses seems like a poem within a poem; freedom requires guns, it requires arms, but no feet.
(Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. Poems (1842).)
Only truthful hands write true poems. I cannot see any basic difference between a handshake and a poem.
(Paul Celan [Paul Antschel] (1920-1970), Austrian poet. Trans. 1986, Carcanet (1986). Collected Prose, letter to Hans Bender (1961).)
Poetry has no goal other than itself; it can have no other, and no poem will be so great, so noble, so truly worthy of the name of poem, than one written uniquely for the pleasure of writing a poem.
(Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), French poet, critic. "New Notes on Edgar Poe," part IV (1859).)
With poet's love, victory blossoms in and upon my heart with your poem above!
(© 04/25/2016 Joshua A. Guillory 'Dedicated to angel sister Sarah Feldman and her heavenly or divine poem 'Triumphant Love'')
Oxymorons are great for poems...excuse me, I must hurry to do nothing!
“A poem begins in delight and ends in wisdom. ”