"The first task of the poet is to create the person who will write the poems."
"Originality is nothing other than the deepest honesty."
"A poem is a serious joke, one that has learned jujitsu."
"If we don't make our claim, the world is simply that which others have described for us."
"Art is the attention we pay to the wholeness of the world."
"Poetry gives us the gift of interiority and intimacy with another; it gives us privacy and participation. Poetry is the way we participate in the world."
"Poetry is the safest of safe sex."
"Poetry comes out of the inchoate, unvoiced world we all carry within us."
"Poetry has a great digestive system and can consume and recycle almost anything."
When I first began teaching at the University of Oregon, I began each class with a quote on writing. I must not have been teaching four days a week. I find the right quote at the right time can amplify my own belief in words. As the school year winds down and I look forward to focusing on my own writing again, I am in search of more quotes. Maybe I will find exactly what I need to learn right now. Maybe from the quote you leave for me.