” I believe that poems are a score for performance by the reader, and that you become the speaking voice. You don’t read or overhear the voice in the poem – you are the voice in the poem. “


” I always write after I think for quite a long time, so the actual writing time is rather short. I think a lot of the work gets done when you have something on your mind while you’re doing many other things. “


” I think that a lot of things are hard to read if you’re not in the vocabulary flow of that particular discourse. I sometimes forget that even though the words I’m using are fairly ordinary words, the concepts around which they cluster, which are the long concepts of literary tradition, may not be familiar to an audience. “


” If you like the precision and concision of poetry, a page of prose is unsatisfying in a certain way. And poetry is so direct. “


” I liked teaching Henry James. When you look down at a Henry James novel from a helicopter height, you find an intricate spider web that all clings together. “



All 5 Helen Vendler Quotes about You in picture


I believe that poems are a score for performance by the reader, and that you become the speaking voice. You don
I always write after I think for quite a long time, so the actual writing time is rather short. I think a lot of the work gets done when you have something on your mind while you


I think that a lot of things are hard to read if you
If you like the precision and concision of poetry, a page of prose is unsatisfying in a certain way. And poetry is so direct.
I liked teaching Henry James. When you look down at a Henry James novel from a helicopter height, you find an intricate spider web that all clings together.
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