Thursday, May 31, 2007

the best words in the best order*

Uh-oh, I've been tagged!

Arlene has tagged me to list 10 quotes that sum up my philosophy of poetry and the writing of it, so here goes:

You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.
- Ray Bradbury, Zen in the Art of Writing


I look for places made of poetry for me, places alive with history, wildlife and mystery. Then I move in if I can.
- Susan Goldsmith Wooldridge, Poemcrazy

***** an art, a craft, a making. To make something well is to give yourself to it, to seek wholeness, to follow spirit. To learn to make something well can take your whole life. It's worth it.
-Ursula K. LeGuin, Steering the Craft


What a good thing Adam had. When he said a good thing he knew nobody had said it before.
- Mark Twain


If you keep your fingers flying fast enough, your inner critic won't have a chance to cluck its tongue.
- Gayle Brandeis, Fruitflesh


If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worthy reading, or do things worth the writing.
- Benjamin Franklin


I want it to confirm
your worst fears about me,

to show you how little I care about you

or anything except what

I want.

- Kim Addonizio, "What Do Women Want?"


Writing is about hypnotizing yourself into believing in yourself, getting some work done, then unhypnotizing yourself and going over the material coldly.
- Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird


My favorite poem is the one that starts "Thirty days hath September" because it actually tells you something.
- Groucho Marx


In poetry, the only rules worth thinking about are the standards of perfection you set for yourself.
- Ted Kooser, The Poetry Home Repair Manual

* Samuel Taylor Coleridge

I'm tagging Theresa, Bev, and Cheryl


bevjackson said...

Ha! I loved reading yours, but eeek.
You little devil.

bevjackson said...

Congratulations! You've won The
Thinking Blogger Award (see my blog)


Sharon Hurlbut said...

Oooh, thanks Bev! I feel humbled to be in such great company. I'm working on my list of Thinking Bloggers...