Well Said

“For me, writing poetry is like mining lead with a grapefruit spoon, only it’s considerably less lucrative and nowhere near as much fun.”

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“Thank God for rock and roll. If it weren’t for that, I’d probably be living a normal life right now.”

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“Writing is easy. Writing well is very difficult, and requires an enormous amount of really hard work.”

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“The last thing I care about when I read poetry is what it means. That includes my own.”

“So, if you want to annoy a poet, ask him what his poem means. Then you should get out of the room. Right away.”

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“On thing I learned about writing as a young guy studying French literature, in French, is that a lot of the time it doesn’t matter what you write, so long as it sounds good.”

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“Poetry is not a matter of life and death. It’s more important than that.”

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“You want to know the best writing advice I can think of? Cut.”

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“One of the things I love about writing is you don’t have to tell the truth. You can exaggerate, fabricate, prevaricate, and lie like a bandit. That’s a great reason for writing. It also makes it a lot more fun than it has any right to be.”

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“I love short sentences. Here are two of the best: “She was tired.” (from James Joyce’s story “Eveline”); “Jesus wept.” (John, 11:35.)”

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“I love poetry. If I couldn’t write, I wouldn’t be able to breathe. I love it. I also love playing with matches.”