Why I (Still) Choose to Write Poems

“I dwell in possibility”–Emily Dickinson
“I am large, I contain multitudes”–Walt Whitman

“A poem should be a part of one’s sense of life.”–Wallace Stevens
“Poetry reminds us of the richness and diversity of human existence.”–John Fitzgerald Kennedy
“Poetry is a perfectly possible means of overcoming chaos.”–I. A. Richards

“A poet is, before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language.”–W.H. Auden
“Poetry is a performance in words.”–Robert Frost
“A poet is a state of mind.”–Virginia Moore
“To be a poet is a condition rather than a profession.”–Robert Graves
Great poets do not die; they are continuing presences.”–Virginia Woolf

“The figure a poem makes. It begins in delight and ends in wisdom.”–Robert Frost
“Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.”–T.S. Eliot
“Genuine poetry is conceived and composed in the soul.”–Matthew Arnold
“A poet is the most unpoetical of anything in existence because he has no identity–he is continually informing and filling some other body.”–John Keats
“The reader who is illuminated is, in a real sense, the poem.”–H.M. Tomlinson
“Poetry is the breath and finer spirit of all knowledge.”–William Wordsworth
“No man was ever yet a great poet, without being at the same time a profound philosopher.”–Samuel Taylor Coleridge
“To a poet nothing can be useless.”–Samuel Johnson
“The moment of change is the only poem.”–Adrienne Rich

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