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Mark Strand
April 11, 1934 -
Nationality: American
Category: Poet
Subcategory: American Poet

And at least in poetry you should feel free to lie. That is, not to lie, but to imagine what you want, to follow the direction of the poem.


I think the best American poetry is the poetry that utilizes the resources of poetry rather than exploits the defects or triumphs of the poet's personality.


I believe that all poetry is formal in that it exists within limits, limits that are either inherited by tradition or limits that language itself imposes.


I tend to like poems that engage me - that is to say, which do not bore me.


It's very hard to write humor.


A great many people seem to think writing poetry is worthwhile, even though it pays next to nothing and is not as widely read as it should be.


Poetry is something that happens in universities, in creative writing programs or in English departments.


Pain is filtered in a poem so that it becomes finally, in the end, pleasure.


Each moment is a place you've never been.


The number of people writing poems is vast, and their reasons for doing so are many, that much can be surmised from the stacks of submissions.


It hardly seems worthwhile to point out the shortsightedness of those practitioners who would have us believe that the form of the poem is merely its shape.


And Robert Lowell, of course - in his poems, we're not located in his actual life. We're located more in the externals, in the journalistic facts of his life.


Poetry is, first and last, language - the rest is filler.


From the reader's view, a poem is more demanding than prose.


A life is not sufficiently elevated for poetry, unless, of course, the life has been made into an art.


There's a certain point, when you're writing autobiographical stuff, where you don't want to misrepresent yourself. It would be dishonest.


But I tend to think of the expressive part of me as rather tedious - never curious or responsive, but blind and self-serving.


Usually a life turned into a poem is misrepresented.


Nothing is the destiny of everyone, it is our commonness made dumb.


The future is always beginning now.


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