Quotes I saved from 1/2/2010
April 6, 2012, 7:28 am
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“The opening line of a poem is like finding a fruit on the ground.. a piece of fallen fruit that you’ve never seen before. The poet’s task is to create the tree from which such a fruit would fall. ” -Paul Valéry

“If you have any idea for a poem, an exact grid of intent, you are on the wrong path, a dead-end alley, at the top of a cliff you haven’t even climbed. This is a lesson that can only be learned by trial and error.” -Mary Ruefle

“But it’s growing damp and I must go in. Memory’s fog is rising.” – Emily Dickinson’s last words, from a letter

“We each really only speak one sentence in our lifetime.. if you are blessed they are heard by someone who knows you and loves you and will be sorry to hear the sentence end.” -Ernest Fenollosa to Ezra Pound


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