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Chuck Calabreze on Poetry


Poetry, n. A narrowing of the prose for which there is no known cure.

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In America, everybody loves poets. They just don't want them getting into the house.

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Writing prose poems is like playing tennis without a ball.

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It turns out poetry is pretty much rocket science.

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Wild poetry is often ignored because it can’t be saddled up and ridden in the fenced arena of the essay.

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Poetry doesn’t explain the world; it rescues the world from explanation.

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Poets experience life more deeply than the rest of us—and then make us feel bad by writing about it.

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Publication is not proof of excellence, it’s evidence of persistence.

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Poetry is to fiction as a kleptomaniac is to baking.

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Relax, poets. Crazy is in the job description.

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Activist/Poet, n. Activist.

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Never pay a poet by the hour.

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Procrastination is a kind of poetry.

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Artistic elitist, n. Someone who tries to do something well, thereby oppressing those who would rather not.

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I’m writing for the ages. It’d be good if we had some.

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