"Sometimes you finish the poem, and that last piece clicks in place. Sometimes the poem is finished with you."
— Frederick Seidel, The Art of Poetry No. 95 (via bostonpoetryslam)
"If nothing once, you nothing lose,
For when you die you are the same;
The space between is but an hour,
The frail duration of flower."
— Philip Freneau, from “The Wild Honeysuckle” (via the-final-sentence)
"We tell each other stories to help each other live. That’s why I read poetry. I read poetry to stay alive. That’s why I went to poetry in the first place, that’s why I stay with it, that’s why I’ll never leave it."
— Marie Howe, interviewed by Victoria Redel for BOMB Magazine (via bostonpoetryslam)
"There’s no money in poetry, but there’s no poetry in money, either."
— Robert Graves (via taylorbooks)
"Every moment is a poem if you hold it right."
— Lauren Zuniga (via feellng)
What would it be like
to live in a library
of melted books.
With sentences streaming over the floor
and all the punctuation
settled to the bottom as a residue.
It would be confusing.
A great adventure.
— Anne Carson (via avvfvl)
(Source: larmoyante, via brouhahamagazine)