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'Certainly among the most gifted, vivid, and deft poets now writing in English, and far better than many who are more famous' Anthony Hecht
I don't want to be one of those ivory tower writers; I want to affect people's lives.
B. 1830 D. 1886
To see the Summer Sky / Is Poetry, though never in a Book it lie? / True Poems flee?
B. 1874 D. 1963
In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on. Robert Frost
...You no longer /Want to seem what you are, but something /Harmless and familiar: in a landscape/Given to greenness and the cold pastels /Of stubble and field stone... David Wagoner from 'The Principles of Concealment.'
Linda Gregg brings us back to poetry...She is original and mysterious, one of the best poets in America. Gerald Stern
B. 1905 D. 2006
You must be careful not to deprive the poem of its wild origin. Stanley Kunitz.
We've all led raucous lives,/ some of them inside, some of them out./ But only the poem you leave behind is what's important. Charles Wright (from 'Littlefoot')
B. 1920 D. 1991
Language is remarkable in that, except under the extreme constraints of mathematics and logic, it never can talk only about what it's supposed to talk about. Howard Nemerov
B. 1920 D. 1994
Man, you call yourself a poet and you don't know chickadees? Amy Clampitt