§ Quotes

I have no idea why this won’t save any capitalization I put. Either way, here are some quotes from poems that I personally liked. You can submit your own favourites on the Submit page. c:

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quote: written by: from poem:
the world will not be saved by despair
so we should spend it all on joy, right?
sandra simonds poem with lines from pierre reverdy

 in summer i am very glad
we children are so small
for we can see a thousand things
that men can’t see at all.

laurence alma-tadema playgrounds

   words interfere with the expression
of complex realities.

lloyd schwartz who’s on first?

when i read your poems
about suicide and psychoanalysis
i felt very lucky and ashamed
to be alive at all.

matthew zapruder poem for jack spicer

she is not invisible, not
my enemy,
nor even the past.
i think
i love the things she loved.

gabeba baderoon old photographs

what really happened is

this: the old fable-makers searched hard for a word
to convey that what is gone is gone forever and
never found it. and so, in the best traditions of

where we come from, they gave their sorrow a name
and drowned it.

eavan boland atlantis–a lost sonnet

as for us:
we must uncenter our minds from ourselves;
we must unhumanize our views a little, and become confident
as the rock and ocean that we were made from.

robinson jeffers carmel point

you begin to see for the first time
everything is just like the last thing
only its opposite and only for a moment.

peter gizzi bolshevescent

when a revolution completes its orbit
the objects return only different
for having stayed the same throughout.
to continue is not what you imagined.
but what you imagined was to change
and so you have and so has the crowd.

peter gizzi bolshevescent

 a person protests to fate:

“the things you have caused
me most to want
are those that furthest elude me.”

fate nods.
fate is sympathetic.

jane hirshfield a person protests to fate

degenerate sons and daughters,
life is too strong for you—
it takes life to love life.

edgar lee masters lucinda matlock

 you have to let things
be as they are.
who knows which of us
deserves the world more?

robert bly what things want

 his heart keeps him alive while he’s asleep.
my heart helps me to sleep while i’m alive.

caroline knox his heart


you gave me

what you did not have, and i gave you
what i had to give—together, we made

something greater from the difference.

alberto ríos when giving is all we have


i want to be famous in the way a pulley is famous,
or a buttonhole, not because it did anything spectacular,
but because it never forgot what it could do.

naomi shihab nye famous

 the cost of flight is landing.

jim harrison the present


everything blooming bows down in the rain:
white irises, red peonies; and the poppies
with their black and secret centers
lie shattered on the lawn.

jane kenyon heavy summer rain


why is the word yes so brief?
it should be
the longest,
the hardest,
so that you could not decide in an instant to say it,
so that upon reflection you could stop
in the middle of saying it.

vera pavlova if there is something to

desire,9, 17, 18


the light is no mystery,
the mystery is that there is something to keep the light
from passing through.

richard siken visible world

 the dawn was breaking the bones of your heart like twigs.

richard siken visible world

 we were young we knew how to die
but not how to last

mark conway in the ruins
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