Language at its most distilled and most powerful…

I was reading the dictionary. I thought it was a poem about everything.

Steven Wright (b. 1955)

You can find poetry in your everyday life, your memory, in what people say on the bus, in the news, or just what’s in your heart.

Carol Ann Duffy (b. 1955)

We all write poems; it is simply that poets are the ones who write in words.

John Fowles (1926 – 2005)

A poet is, before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language.

W. H. Auden (1907 – 1973)

Poetry is language at its most distilled and most powerful.

Rita Dove (b. 1952)

Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.

T. S. Eliot (1888 – 1965)

Poetry is the opening and closing of a door, leaving those who look through to guess about what is seen during the moment.

Carl Sandburg (1878 – 1967)

It may be said that poems are in one way like icebergs: only about a third of their bulk appears above the surface of the page.

Howard Nemerov (1920 – 1991)

And – in memory of my Papa:

Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas.

Albert Einstein (1879 – 1955)

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