The crown of literature is poetry. It is its end and aim. It is the sublimest activity of the human mind. It is the achievement of beauty and delicacy. The writer of prose can only step aside when the poet passes. ~W. Somerset Maugham
“It is a sad fact about our culture that a poet can earn much more money writing or talking about his art than he can by practicing it.” ~W.H. Auden
“Tears, idle tears, I know not what they mean, Tears from the depths of some devine despair Rise in the heart, and gather to the eyes, In looking on the happy autumn fields, And thinking of the days that are no more.” Alfred Lord Tennyson
A poet must be a psychologist, but a secret one: he should know and feel the roots of phenomena but present only the phenomena themselves in full bloom or as they fade away. Ivan Turgenjev Painting Portrait of Turgenjev by Ilja Repin
I grew up in this town, my poetry was born between the hill and the river, it took its voice from the rain, and like the timber, it steeped itself in the forests. ~Pablo Neruda, quoted in Wall Street Journal,, 14 November 1985
“Put your ear down close to your soul and listen hard.” Anne Sexton
Dancing, dancing the tango With you my love As if we are the only ones Dancing in this world We both feel this passionate love of ours Bodies close together While we are turning and moving around Listening to these bittersweet words Of pain and despair Please let the music continue, I do not want to stop And step back into the real world Let me dance Just a little bit longer Cherish this safety Of your protective arms Seeing these proud movements In a sensual way Submission and...
Borges said that “beauty is a physical sensation, something we feel in the whole body”; and must be so. The feelings impact us in the solar plexus, the heart, the chest. Now I do not intend to enter into the eternal dispute about the ideal of beauty, I always imagined that it is subjective, despite the canons that the influential mass media seek to impose. What is beautiful to me might be found mediocre by you. However I do believe that there is a meeting point. At that point is where enters into...