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With a lyric poem, you look, and meditate, and put the rock back. With fiction you poke things with a stick to see what will happen. - Margaret Atwood
I write because my ink must flow like blood. The written must be spoken. Patience Agbabi
B. 1822 D. 1888
I might have known, / What far too soon, alas! I learn'd / The heart can bind itself alone, / And faith may oft be unreturn'd.' Matthew Arnold, 'Isolation: To Marguerite'
I would have words as tenacious as mules/ to bear us, sure-footed/ up the mountain of night... from 'Elemental' by Edward Baugh
B. 1909 D. 1973
A poem comes to be written ... when a certain phrase occurs to the poet and seems to touch off a whole train of ideas and associations and as it were fuse them together. - Charles Brasch
B. 1757 D. 1827
The imagination is not a State: it is the Human existence itself. William Blake
B. 1924 D. 2008
Hers is a daybook of a night-nurse of the soul - John Mole, 'Encounter'