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#1. Every poem I write falls short in some important way. But I go on trying to write the one that won't. - Author: Dorianne Laux
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#2. I don't know if we ever have enough distance to "see" our own trajectory. We're in the muddled middle of it. Who knows what will last, what poems will take hold of the imaginations of the future. - Author: Dorianne Laux
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#3. Tinted Distances is a tender meditation that reveals a careful eye and steady devotion to elegy and ode. - Author: Dorianne Laux
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#4. The changes that have occurred in poetry have been minor when you look at it over the scale of human time. It's like a rose, maybe a hybrid with color and size differentials, but the same genus, plucked from the same original blowsy family. - Author: Dorianne Laux
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#5. Maybe it's what we don't say/that saves us. - Author: Dorianne Laux
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#6. I share my life experiences as a poet with my students. My poetic difficulties, joys, struggles and discoveries. If I read a new poem or essay or book I'm excited about, I bring it in. - Author: Dorianne Laux
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#7. We continue to speak, if only in whispers,
to something inside us that longs to be named. - Author: Dorianne Laux
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#8. Every good poem asks a question, and every good poet asks every question. - Author: Dorianne Laux
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#9. How many losses does it take to stop a heart,
to lay waste to the vocabularies of desire? - Author: Dorianne Laux
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#10. I'm not the only person in the world who is suffering. I'm trying to talk to the world, responding to those voices. - Author: Dorianne Laux
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#11. We're all writing out of a wound, and that's where our song comes from. The wound is singing. We're singing back to those who've been wounded. - Author: Dorianne Laux
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#12. Who you are contributes to your poetry in a number of important ways, but you shouldn't identify with your poems so closely that when they are cut, you're the one that bleeds. - Author: Dorianne Laux
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#13. The more that accrues, the more depth, weight, and breadth we can bring to the poems, which we then need to throw overboard so we don't sink. - Author: Dorianne Laux
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#14. A poem is like a child; at some point we have to let it go and trust that it will make its own way in the world. - Author: Dorianne Laux
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#15. That's how it is sometimes
God comes to your window,
all bright light and black wings,
and you're just too tired to open it. - Author: Dorianne Laux
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#16. Someone spoke to me last night,
told me the truth. Just a few words,
but I recognized it.
I knew I should make myself get up,
write it down, but it was late,
and I was exhausted from working
all day in the garden, moving rocks. - Author: Dorianne Laux
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#17. You've traveled this far on the back of every mistake, ridden in dark-eyed and morose but calm as a house after the TV set has been pitched out the upstairs window. (from "Antilamentation") - Author: Dorianne Laux
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#18. You are not your poetry. Your self-esteem shouldn't depend on whether you publish, or whether some editor or writer you admire thinks you're any good. - Author: Dorianne Laux
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#19. I write to invite the voices in, to watch the angel wrestle, to feel the devil gather on its haunches and rise. I write to hear myself breathing. I write to be doing something while I wait to be called to my appointment with death. I write to be done writing. I write because writing is fun. - Author: Dorianne Laux
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#20. I have always loved too much,
or not enough. - Author: Dorianne Laux
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#21. I am the flesh boat of my experiences, we all are , my feelings, thoughts, desires and dreams are captured in my body's pliant cells, fastened onto my DNA. - Author: Dorianne Laux
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#22. We aren't suggesting that mental instability or unhappiness makes one a better poet, or a poet at all; and contrary to the romantic notion of the artist suffering for his or her work, we think these writers achieved brilliance in spite of their suffering, not because of it. - Author: Dorianne Laux
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#23. The reason I started writing was because I was a little kid in San Diego who was getting beaten up by her dad and sexually abused and because I felt different than everybody else and I had this big huge secret that was tearing me apart. - Author: Dorianne Laux
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#24. ... They are savage
for knowledge, for beauty and truth.
They crawl on their knees to find it. - Author: Dorianne Laux
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#25. I think what life experience has brought to my poems is compassion. When you work hard to make a living, raise a child up into the world, fail at marriage and try again, teach and fail, travel and fall, become ill, well again, weak but grateful, you learn patience, forbearance. - Author: Dorianne Laux
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#26. W.S Merwin says "after three days of rain" and I write "After Twelve Days of Rain." I like his quietude. I admire his ability to be simple without being simplistic. - Author: Dorianne Laux
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#27. When you have worked with people all day who have so little and struggle to make it stretch, who live outside the rarefied, you are humbled. - Author: Dorianne Laux
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#28. I also have my backpack of the tried-and-true, and because it is new to [my students], it becomes fresh to me again as well. - Author: Dorianne Laux
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#29. I try to avoid calling myself a poet because I think that's something someone else has to call you. It's like bragging. - Author: Dorianne Laux
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#30. I love people and psychology. As a writer, I'm not so interested in Fred getting from the living room to the car. I want to go inside Fred's soul and play there. - Author: Dorianne Laux
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#31. And oh, the oh my nape of the neck. The up-swept oh my nape of the neck. I could walk behind anyone and fall in love. Don't stop. Don't turn around. - Author: Dorianne Laux
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#32. If trees could speak they wouldn't - Author: Dorianne Laux
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#33. Joseph [Millar] is much more disciplined than I am. He's up every morning meditating, then he writes, and he reads throughout the day. He probably reads ten books to my two and writes twice as much as I do. - Author: Dorianne Laux
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#34. To write without any awareness of a tradition you are trying to become a part of would be self-defeating. Every artist alive responds to the history of his or her art - borrowing, stealing, rebelling against, and building on what other artists have done. - Author: Dorianne Laux
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#35. The students always, always surprise me. - Author: Dorianne Laux
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#36. If you want to be a writer in the world you really have to sit down and say, Why do I want to do this and why was I drawn to it to begin with? And keep reminding yourself to return to that original impulse. - Author: Dorianne Laux
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#37. There's no word for what Young does, only for what he accomplishes-the capturing of small, daily miracles. - Author: Dorianne Laux
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#38. There is so much about the process of writing that is mysterious to me, but this one thing I've found to be true: writing begets writing. - Author: Dorianne Laux
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#39. I would say my life experiences are my poetry, whether I'm writing about those actual, factual experiences or not. - Author: Dorianne Laux
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#40. Good writing works from a simple premise: your experience is not yours alone, but in some sense a metaphor for everyone's. - Author: Dorianne Laux
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#41. Writing and reading are the only ways to find your voice. It won't magically burst forth in your poems the next time you sit down to write, or the next; but little by little, as you become aware of more choices and begin to make them
consciously and unconsciously
your style will develop. - Author: Dorianne Laux
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#42. I feel deep gratitude for the life poetry has allowed me to live. I know the life I could have lived without it. Both on the physical plain, and the soul plain. Poetry helps us endure. - Author: Dorianne Laux
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