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#1. Most victims of my autobiographical verse are either far too polite, remarkably understanding unaware that I have written poems about them. - Author: John Barton
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#2. The poet must decide not to impose his feelings in order to write without sentimentality. - Author: John Barton
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#3. My obsession with time informs my poetry so completely it is hard for me to summarize it. We want time to pass, for new things to happen to us, we want to hold on to certain moments, we don't want our lives to end. - Author: John Barton
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#4. Sometimes poetry is inspired by the conversation entered into by reading other poems. - Author: John Barton
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#5. The reader's challenge is to replicate the experiment by reading the poem and to draw their own conclusions. - Author: John Barton
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#6. The experiment of the poem is mostly intuitive. I write the first draft, pulling in the various elements that interest me, in the hope that their being combined will lead to some kind of insight. - Author: John Barton
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#7. We are comfortable with the fact that we cannot know personally what happened in the world before we were born, yet we are uncomfortable with the notion that we will stop engaging with time at some point in the future. - Author: John Barton
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#8. In the past, poetry came in the form of spells and chants used to effect change. - Author: John Barton
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#9. I have always been very obsessed with time. Time's passage makes us all very vulnerable and because we all experience it in our own way, it can make us feel very alone. - Author: John Barton
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#10. The point of an experiment is not to arrive at a predetermined end point, to prove or disprove anything, but to deliver a poem that reveals much about the process taken. - Author: John Barton
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#11. I became intrigued with colour theory. The absurd pronouncements of the Colour Institute, a group that decides what colours are hot each year or season, amused me. - Author: John Barton
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#12. Poets have to be sensitive to their audience, but it does not mean that they censor themselves. I realise my audience is diverse. Some will read with empathy and curiosity while others will take offense. - Author: John Barton
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#13. I would not say I chose to write long poems on a conscious level. The long poem has been a relative constant. - Author: John Barton
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#14. I have become intrigued with the combining of seemingly unrelated ideas or images, or the drawing upon the many, sometimes dissimilar, meanings a word might have. - Author: John Barton
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#15. Some readers allow their prejudices to blind them. A good reader knows how to disregard inappropriate responses. - Author: John Barton
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#16. Reading should be a repeat performance. - Author: John Barton
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#17. Poets can't resist the dramatic pull of their lives and so inevitably write autobiographical verse. - Author: John Barton
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#18. I have been told by a member of the board of one of Canada's most prominent literary magazines that a submission of mine once caused a great deal of controversy. - Author: John Barton
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#19. The community of poets I belong to is not as close as it used to be, if only for the fact that our lives have become busier: jobs, children, and the like. - Author: John Barton
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#20. To me many short poems read and write like beginnings that simply whet my appetite; I want to get over that. - Author: John Barton
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#21. A literary journal is intended to connect writer with reader; the role of the editor is to mediate. - Author: John Barton
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#22. I consider a poem to be a kind of experiment where a number of elements are brought together under test conditions to see how they will interact to create meaning or relevance. - Author: John Barton
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#23. Poetry is but another form of inquiry into the nature of phenomena, using with its own unique procedures and tools. - Author: John Barton
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#24. No poem is easily grasped; so why should any reader expect fast results? - Author: John Barton
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#25. You can never step into the same book twice, because you are different each time you read it. - Author: John Barton
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#26. I sometimes like to tinker with poems that have failed, ones that I have sent aside. Even years afterward, I will revisit them if there is something about them that I cannot give up on. - Author: John Barton
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#27. I feel very connected to poets across the country. - Author: John Barton
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#28. An experienced reader uses the poem as an agent of inquiry. This makes poetry very exciting, unstable, and interactive. - Author: John Barton
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#29. Writing can sometimes be exploitative. I like to take a few steps of remove in order to respect the privacy of the subject. If readers make the link, they have engaged with the poem. - Author: John Barton
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#30. If poetry alters the way in which the reader views the world, then it has had its desired effect. - Author: John Barton
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#31. Who is the ideal reader? God only knows. - Author: John Barton
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#32. I find it exhausting to administer a magazine without an office or paid staff. - Author: John Barton
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#33. The essence of a religious approach to the world, it seems to me, is to be found, not in the imposition of theological dogma, but in the recognition of what is actually there. - Author: John Barton
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