Pris has tagged me with this: “Give us at least 10 quotations pertaining to poetry - from 10 different writers &/or poets which best coincide with your philosophy vis a vis ars poetica. They can be posthumous or otherwise. The order is not important - unless it is to you.” Here are eight that are always in my head.
* Poetry is the act of "shining a lamp on the little things in life to a world afflicted with disinterest." --- So Chong Ju, one of Korea's greatest poets. This quote, along with the next one by June Jordan, is on my syllabus when I teach poetry.
* Poetry is a revolutionary blueprint. --- June Jordan. The late inspirational poet activist from Berkeley.
* There is a place the leftover love must go. There is a place the leftover anger must go. --- Alice Walker, whose first book of poems, Once, was one of the first books of poetry that made me think I wanted to write.
* Readers of poetry worm their way into immeasurable realities. --- Octavio Paz
* We must risk delight. --- Jack Gilbert
These last three are the section break epigraphs, in order, from my book:
* It is not enough to suffer. We must also be in touch with the wonders of this world. --- Thich Nhat Hanh
* You are the music while the music lasts. --- T.S. Eliot
* Enjoy yourself. It's later than you think. --- Chinese Proverb
If you want to be tagged, so be it.