20th-century Poet Quotes
It is not easy to free
myth from reality
or rear this fellow up
to lutch, lurch with them
in the tranced dancing of men.
Imagine how they stood there, what they stood with
that their possessions may become our power.
Cardboard. Iron. Their hardships parcelled in them.
Even the simplest poem
May destroy your immunity to human emotions.
All poems must carry a Government warning. Words
Can seriously affect your heart.
The most dangerous aspect of present-day life is the dissolution of the feeling of individual responsibility. Mass solitude has done away with any difference between the internal and the external, between the intellectual and the physical.
No black boy wanted to be white, but it was also true that no black boy liked the idea of being black... When you asked Boy Blue why he was so black he would answer 'Just as I wus goin' to born the light went out'. The light had gone out for many of us.
If there is any truth to my parenting the dreamwork movement, it comes from the power of the press.
That so much of our experience, or the stereotype which passes for it should be dealt with by means of the short story is perhaps a symptom not unnoticeable elsewhere in the public domain of an unlovely cynicism about human character.
We are beautiful people
with african imaginations
full of masks and dances and swelling chants
with african eyes, and noses, and arms,
though we sprawl in gray chains in a place
full of winters when what we want is sun.
Imamu Amiri Baraka
It normally happens that if you put two words together, or two syllables together, one of them will attract more weight, more emphasis, than the other. In other words, most so-called spondees can be read as either iambs or trochees.
But those two plays left me on fresh terms with language. I didn't always have to speak in my own voice.
It goes without saying that a fine short poem can have the resonance and depth of an entire novel.
Collating bones: I would have liked to do. Henry would have been hot at that. I missed his profession. As a little boy I always thought "I'm an archaeologist"; who Could be more respected peaceful serious than that?
We would be strangers in the Capitol;
this is our country also, no-where else;
and we shall not be outcast on the world.
a second tongue, as
harsh a humiliation
as twice to be born.
Canada Could Have Enjoyed:
and American know-how.
Instead It Ended Up With:
and American culture.
John Robert Colombo
Down under we send soldiers and wool abroad but keep poets and wine at home.
John Streeter Manifold
The weightless mosquito touches
her tiny shadow on the stone,
and with how like, how infinite
a lightness, man and shadow meet.
They fuse. A shadow is a man
when the mosquito death approaches.
there are sufferers with guns movin breeze through the trees there are people waging war in the heat and hunger of the streets.
Linton Kwesi Johnson
I wouldn't thank you for a Valentine
I won't wake up early wondering if the postman's been.
Should 10 red-padded satin hearts arrive with sticky sickly saccharine
Sentiments in very vulgar verses I wouldn't wonder if you meant them.
O God, in the dream the terrible horse began
To paw at the air, and make for me with his blows.
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