"One writes out of one thing only — one’s own experience. Everything depends on how relentlessly one forces from this experience the last drop, sweet or bitter, it can possibly give. This is the only real concern of the artist, to recreate out of the disorder of life that order which is art."
— James Baldwin (via observando)
"The purpose of literature is to turn blood into ink."
— T.S. Eliot (via peterthewebslingerparker)
"Perhaps you can write better if you leave the mistakes."
— Jorge Luis Borges (via theparisreview)
"The pen isn’t really the weapon - the work ethic is the weapon."
His doc is on Netflix & it’s fantastic!
"Don’t be a writer; be writing."
— William Faulkner on writing. (via politicsprose)
"I was a new writer and I was supposed to write all the time, wasn’t I? I had not yet discovered that there are times when one can’t write, one shouldn’t write, times for thought, for deepening, or just reading, or simply living."
— Stanley Crawford in a letter to Noy Holland (The Believer, Feburary 2010)
"Auden said a poem should be more interesting than anything that might be said about it. If you take the theme out of a poem and talk about that theme, there should still be some residual being left in the poem that goes on ticking, something like, why not say it, color, something that has an effect on your central nervous system. It is not what a poem says with its mouth, it’s what a poem does with its eyes."
— Mary Ruefle, from Madness, Rack, and Honey (via bostonpoetryslam)