I got meme-tagged by sam of the ten thousand things... a nice little meme which originated from They Shoot Poets - Don't They?
“Give us at least 10 quotations pertaining to poetry - from 10 different writers &/or poets which best coincide with your philosophy vis a vis ars poetica. They can be posthumous or otherwise. The order is not important - unless it is to you.”
Sam rather charitably added the following disclaimer: "If the number ten is too daunting, go for less." Although I've managed to pull ten together from everything I've (n)ever read. And yes, for me the order is important.
In every cry of every man,
In every infant’s cry of fear,
In every voice, in every ban,
The mind-forged manacles I hear.
- ‘London’, William Blake
The people need poetry that will be their own secret
to keep them awake forever.
- #355 (‘Now I’m in the spider-web of light’), Osip Mandelstam
Reality is not simply there, it must be searched for and won.
- Paul Celan
The human body is the best picture of the human soul.
- Philosophical Investigations, Ludwig Wittgenstein
each word is a room built around us
- ‘Pitching Woo’, Karen Weiser
The great city has a hundred million rooms so any combination is possible
- ‘Day at a Time’, Michael Dransfield
Money is everywhere, but so is poetry. What we lack are the poets.
- Federico Fellini
i had always had mixed feelings
about being considered a poet “if robert lowell is a
poet i dont want to be a poet__if robert frost was a
poet i dont want to be a poet__if socrates was a poet
ill consider it”
- David Antin
If you can do it then why do it?
- Gertrude Stein
In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.
- Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind, Shunryu Suzuki
And I'm going to tag exoiced (aka Brow of Calm), Yarni, Nathan, EZB and Reyes Cardenas.