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There are metaphors more real than the people who walk in the street. There are images tucked away in books that live more vividly than many men and women. There are phrases from literary works that have a positively human personality. There are passages from my own writing that chill me with fright, so distinctly do I feel them as people, so sharply outlined do they appear against the walls of my room, at night, in shadows. Fernando Pessoa, Portugese poet, writer, critic, translator

"The poet is a man who feigns / And feigns so thoroughly, at last / He manages to feign as pain / The pain he really feels" Fernando Pessoa (translated by Edouard Roditi) Poetry Magazine)

We’ll always be young and unwise together. There is, I suppose, in the eyes of the They, a sort of sweet madness about you and me, a sort of mad bewilderment and astonishment oblivious to the Nasties and the Meanies; you’re the only person, of course, you’re the only person from here to Aldebaran and back, with who I’m free entirely; and I think it’s because you’re as innocent as me.    - letter from Dylan Thomas to Caitlin Macnamara, c.1936

We’ll always be young and unwise together. There is, I suppose, in the eyes of the They, a sort of sweet madness about you and me, a sort of mad bewilderment and astonishment oblivious to the Nasties and the Meanies; you’re the only person, of course, you’re the only person from here to Aldebaran and back, with who I’m free entirely; and I think it’s because you’re as innocent as me. - letter from Dylan Thomas to Caitlin Macnamara, c.1936

“We all know that the power of a great poem is not that we felt that person expressed himself [or herself] well.  We don’t think that.  What we think is ‘How deeply I am touched.’  That’s our level of response.  And so a great poet does not express his or her self; he [or she] expresses all of our selves.”    —Gary Snyder

apoetreflects: “ “We all know that the power of a great poem is not that we felt that person expressed himself [or herself] well. What we think is ‘How deeply I am touched.

Federico Garcia Lorca. If I told you that my friends and I would burst into reciting his poems in Spanish literally everyday for 4 years during high school, would you believe me?

Museum dedicated to Federico Garcia, Granada, Spain - 20 Nov 2008

Oscar Wilde. Poet, Author, Wit, Artist

Oscar Wilde

Funny, but it's worse than that. They want you to see the non existent cat too. Some of them will want to kill you if you refuse to see it.

“The problem with putting two and two together is that sometimes you get four, and sometimes you get twenty-two.”  ― Dashiell Hammett, The Thin Man, uncredited photo

“The problem with putting two and two together is that sometimes you get four, and sometimes you get twenty-two.” ― Dashiell Hammett, The Thin Man, uncredited photo

"Today the wind's swung north— / in overcoats and headscarves / two women are crossing the yard" Kathleen Jamie, The Longhouse from The Overhaul (2012 Picador)

Kathleen Jamie: a life in writing

Kathleen Jamie: Kathleen Jamie was born in Renfrewshire, Scotland in She has won numerous awards including the 2004 Forward Poetry Prize.

Yusef Komunyakaa -   I am this space / my body believes in.   #todayspoem Unnatural State of the Unicorn

Yusef Komunyakaa - I am this space / my body believes in. Unnatural State of the Unicorn

An Open Letter From the Director, September 2011 : The Poetry Foundation | The Harriet Monroe Poetry Institute

"I must live as a blind man // who runs through rooms without / touching the furniture." Ilya Kaminsky, Author's Prayer from Dancing in Odessa Tupelo Press)

"All the arguing in the world / will not stay the moon." - Louis Simpson, Working Late - 2004 International Griffin Poetry Prize Shortlist

from The Laurel Tree by Louis Simpson : The Poetry Foundation

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