10 Great Quotes About Poetry and Writing by Mark Strand

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“Life makes writing poetry necessary to prove I really was paying attention.”

“A great many people seem to think writing poetry is worthwhile, even though it pays next to nothing and is not as widely read as it should be.”

“Poetry is something that happens in universities, in creative writing programs or in English departments.”

“The number of people writing poems is vast, and their reasons for doing so are many, that much can be surmised from the stacks of submissions.”

“It’s very hard to write humor.”

“There’s a certain point, when you’re writing autobiographical stuff, where you don’t want to misrepresent yourself. It would be dishonest.”

“Pain is filtered in a poem so that it becomes finally, in the end, pleasure.”

“Ink runs from the corners of my mouth. There is no happiness like mine. I have been eating poetry.”

“I feel that anything is possible in a poem.”

“Usually a life turned into a poem is misrepresented.”

– Mark Strand

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