poetry

A Quote by Dan Simmons on poetry, words, truth, and engineer

Poetry is only secondarily about words. Primarily, it is about truth. I dealt with the Ding an Sich, the substance behind the shadow, weaving powerful concepts, similes, and connections the way an engineer would raise a skyscraper with the whiskered-alloy skeleton being constructed long before the glass and plastic and chromaluminum appears.

Dan Simmons

Source: Hyperion, Pages: 192..193

Contributed by: Chris

A Quote by Winnie the Pooh on poetry, hum, winnie, and pooh

Poetry and Hums aren't things which you get, they're things which get you. And all you can do is go where they find you. ~ Winnie the Pooh

Winnie the Pooh

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A Quote by Audrey Lorde on love, community, sexuality, race, and poetry

I have come to believe over and over again that what is most important to me must be spoken, made verbal and shared, even at the risk of having it bruised or misunderstood.
Audre Lorde

Audrey Lorde

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A Quote by Shams-ud-din Muhammad (Hafiz) on poem and poetry

Dropping Keys

The small man
Builds cages
For everyone
He
Knows
While the sage,
Who has to duck his head
When the moon is low,
Keeps dropping keys all night long
For the
Beautiful
Rowdy
Prisoners.

Hafiz

Source: The Gift

Contributed by: FractalUniverse

A Quote by Jane Roberts on poetry, ration thought, magical thinking, and nuances

SETH said:  To me at least, poetry - like love - implies a magical approach to life, quite different from the presently accepted rational way of looking at the world.  That is, poetry brings out lifes little nuances.  It delights in forming correspondences between events that seem quite seperate to the intellectually-tuned consciousness alone, and reveals undercurrents of usually-concealed actions that we quite ignore when we're most concerned about thinking rationally.  Actually, that kind of vision contains its own spontaneous rationality, and often supplies us with answers more satisfying than purely intellectual ones.

Jane Roberts

Source: The Magical Approach: Seth Speaks About the Art of Creative Living (Roberts, Jane), Pages: 134

Contributed by: HeyOK

A Quote by Cyril Connelly on religion, doctrine, love, poetry, and doubt

In my religion, there would be no exclusive doctrine; all would be love, poetry, and doubt.

Cyril Connelly

Contributed by: Gail

A Quote by Pablo Neruda on enignas, ocean, mystery, science, poetry, lobster, ascidia, macrocystis, and unicorn

Enigmas
      
You've asked me what the lobster is weaving
there with his golden feet?
I reply, the ocean knows this.
You say, what is the ascidia waiting for in its transparentbell?
What is it waiting for?
I tell you it is waiting for time, like you.
You ask me whom the Macrocystis alga hugs in its arms?
Study, study it, at a certain hour, in a certain sea I know.
You question me about the wicked tusk of the narwhal,
and I reply by describing
how the sea unicorn with the harpoon in it dies.
You enquire about the kingfisher's feathers,
which tremble in the pure springs of the southern tides?
Or you've found in the cards
a new question touching on
the crystal architecture
of the sea anemone,
and you'll deal that to me now?
You want to understand
the electric nature of the ocean spines?
The armored stalactite that breaks as it walks?
The hook of the angler fish, the music stretched out
in the deep places like a thread in the water?

I want to tell you the ocean knows this,
that life in its jewel boxes
is endless as the sand, impossible to count, pure,
and among the blood-colored grapes
time has made the
petal
hard and shiny, made the jellyfish full of light
and untied its knot, letting its musical threads fall
from a horn of plenty made of infinite mother-of-pearl.

I am nothing but the empty net which has gone on ahead
of human eyes, dead in those darknesses,
of fingers accustomed to the triangle, longitudes
on the timid globe of an orange.

I walked around as you do, investigating
the endless star,
and in my net, during the night, I woke up naked,
the only thing caught, a fish trapped inside the wind.

Pablo Neruda (1904 - 1973)

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A Quote by Margaret Dubay Mikus on poetry and personal growth

I am Willing
I am willing to change what doesn't work for me in my life.
I am willing to listen with an open heart, without judging.
I am willing to plant seeds that take a long time, if ever, to grow.
I am willing to feel and let go.
I am willing to make mistakes and learn from them.
I am willing to live in the present.
I am willing to forgive and forget in my heart.
I am willing to love as much as my endless spirit will allow.
I am willing to be seen in all my radiance.
I am willing to be fearless.

I am willing to be powerful.
I am willing to be peaceful.
I am willing to stand tall. and walk gracefully.
I am willing to sing with my stunning, full voice.
I am willing to allow. I am willing to let go.
I am willing to change.
I am willing to see and be seen.
I am willing to hear and be heard.
I am willing to feel and be felt.
I am willing to heal and be healed.
I am willing to love and be loved.

I am willing to change what doesn't work for me in my life.
I am willing to listen with an open heart, without judging.
I am willing to plant seeds that take a long time, if ever, to grow.
I am willing to feel and let go.
I am willing to make mistakes and learn from them.
I am willing to live in the present.
I am willing to forgive and forget in my heart.
I am willing to love as much as my endless spirit will allow.
I am willing to be seen in all my radiance.
I am willing to allow. I am willing to let go..
I am willing to be fully human.

Margaret Mikus

Source: Personal Collection

Contributed by: Father Wolf

A Quote by e. e. cummings on poetry, nature, god, and spirits

now the ears of my ears awake and now the eyes of my eyes are opened

e.e. cummings (1894 - 1962)

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A Quote by Robert Lee Frost on poetry, politics, and grief

Poetry is about the grief.  Politics is about the grievance.

Robert Frost

Contributed by: Joshua

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