„A Little Treasury of Modern Poetry is a standard Oscar Williams production… …the book has the merit of containing a considerably larger selection of Oscar Williams’s poems than I have seen in any other anthology. There are nine of his poems — and five of Hardy’s. It takes a lot of courage to like your own poetry almost twice as well as Hardy’s.“

“A Verse Chronicle”, pp. 157–158
Poetry and the Age (1953)

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US-amerikanischer Dichter, Literaturkritiker, Kinderbuchaut… 1914 - 1965

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„Oscar Williams’s new book is pleasanter and a little quieter than his old, which gave the impression of having been written on a typewriter by a typewriter.“

—  Randall Jarrell poet, critic, novelist, essayist 1914 - 1965

precedes by twelve years Truman Capote’s putdown of Jack Kerouac: “That isn’t writing at all, it’s typing.”; “from Verse Chronicle”, p. 137
Kipling, Auden & Co: Essays and Reviews 1935-1964 (1980)

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„Craft is something you learn by studying models. When a student asks, what is a good book about traditional iambic verse, The Collected Poems of Ben Jonson. What is an excellent book about free verse? The Collected Poems of William Carlos Williams.“

—  Robert Pinsky American poet, editor, literary critic, academic. 1940

What is a good book about short line in ballad metre? The Collected Poems of Emily Dickinson.
The Art of Poetry - interview 1995 with Downing & Kunitz

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„Poetry is like time travel, and poems take us to the heart of the matter“

—  Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall second wife of Prince Charles 1947

About poems that moves her to tears
First World War centenary: the war poem that moves the Duchess of Cornwall to tears The Daily Telegraph 28 June 2014 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/history/world-war-one/10932405/First-World-War-centenary-the-war-poem-that-moves-the-Duchess-of-Cornwall-to-tears.html#disqus_thread

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„The line is a way of thinking in poetry, by poetry.. it paces the poem.“

—  Edward Hirsch 1950

'Five points' vol 4 no 2 Georgia State University Press Winter 2000

„The meanings of poetry take their growth through the interaction of the images and the music of the poem.“

—  Muriel Rukeyser poet and political activist 1913 - 1980

Quelle: The Life of Poetry (1949), p. 31
Kontext: The meanings of poetry take their growth through the interaction of the images and the music of the poem. The music is not the rhythm, which is a representation of life, alone. The music involves the interplay of the sounds of words, the length of the sequences, the keeping and breaking of rhythms, and the repetition and variation of syllables unrhymed and rhymed. It also involves the play of ideas and images.

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„Who says my poems are poems?
My poems are not poems.
When you know that my poems are not poems,
Then we can speak of poetry.“

—  Ryōkan Japanese Buddhist monk 1758 - 1831

Variant translation:
Who says my poems are poems?
My poems are not poems.
After you know my poems are not poems,
Then we can begin to discuss poetry!
"Zen Poetics of Ryokan" in Simply Haiku: A Quarterly Journal of Japanese Short Form Poetry (Summer 2006) http://www.hermitary.com/articles/ryokan_poetics.html
Dewdrops on a Lotus Leaf : Zen Poems of Ryokan (1993)

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„I never think of poetry or the poetry scene, only separate poems written by individuals.“

—  Philip Larkin English poet, novelist, jazz critic and librarian 1922 - 1985

Interview in The Review, published by Ian Hamilton (1972)

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„To see the Summer Sky
Is Poetry, though never in a Book it lie—
True Poems flee“

—  Emily Dickinson, buch The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson

Quelle: The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson

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„W C Williams' poetry is: The Imagism of 1912, self-transduced.“

—  R. P. Blackmur American literary critic 1904 - 1965

from Form & Value in Modern Poetry, Doubleday , New York 1957

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„Poetry is a subset of a Cosmos, which in itself, is a poem.“

—  Vanna Bonta Italian-American writer, poet, inventor, actress, voice artist (1958-2014) 1958 - 2014

The Cosmos as a Poem (2010)

„…I engage with poetry musically. I think I hear the music of the poem before I put words to it. The poem comes to me as it were a song more than a string of words or images. If I can’t transport that musical quality to the poem, then the poem doesn’t exist for me…“

—  Lucha Corpi 1945

On how she favors a musical quality to her poetry in the book Truthtellers of the Times: Interviews with Contemporary Women Poets https://books.google.com/books?id=LkVO9mmfwZYC&pg=PA23&lpg=PA23&dq

„Real warriors like William Burroughs or Leonard Cohen or Wallace Stevens examine the hollow as well as anybody; they get in there, look far into the dark, and yet come out with poetry.“

—  Ken Kesey novelist 1935 - 2001

The Paris Review interview (1994)
Kontext: It’s the same old wilderness, just no longer up on that hill or around that bend or in the gully. It’s the fact that there is no more hill or gully, that the hollow is there and you’ve got to explore the hollow with faith. If you don’t have faith that there is something down there, pretty soon when you’re in the hollow, you begin to get scared and start shaking. That’s when you stop taking acid and start taking coke and drinking booze and start trying to fill the hollow with depressants and Valium. Real warriors like William Burroughs or Leonard Cohen or Wallace Stevens examine the hollow as well as anybody; they get in there, look far into the dark, and yet come out with poetry.

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„But to poetry — You have to be willing to waste time. When you start a poem, stay with it and suffer through it and just think about nothing, not even the poem. Just be there. It's more of a prayerful state than writing the novels is. A lot of the novel is in doing good works, as it were, not praying.“

—  Robert Penn Warren American poet, novelist, and literary critic 1905 - 1989

Interview with Richard B. Sale (1969)
Kontext: But to poetry — You have to be willing to waste time. When you start a poem, stay with it and suffer through it and just think about nothing, not even the poem. Just be there. It's more of a prayerful state than writing the novels is. A lot of the novel is in doing good works, as it were, not praying. And the prayerful state is just being passive with it, mumbling, being around there, lying on the grass, going swimming, you see. Even getting drunk. Get drunk prayerfully, though.

„Emerson writes in his Journal that all men try their hands at poetry, but few know which their poems are. The poets are not those who write poems, but those who know which of the things they write are poems.“

—  Carl Andre American artist 1935

Quote from a 1962 essay by Andre; as quoted in ' Objects Are What We Aren't' https://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2015/02/26/objects-are-what-we-arent/, by Andy Battaglia; The Parish Review, February 26, 2015

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