Ryan H. Walsh

I’ll be like, “I toured with the Silver Jews and Titus Andronicus! Why didn’t anyone publish my memoir of this scene?” And then my nurse will tell me to settle down.

Kaveh Akbar

Mary Leader says: “A poem is a thing.” By that definition, a poet would be someone who makes things. I think any narrower definition would seem to me needlessly exclusive.

Phong Nguyen

Some people write from life, others from dreams — I write from research

Noah Cicero

If you want to surpass your childhood you have to pick up Aristotle or Hui Neng and imagine being on a long walk with the speaker, with the attitude of “I will listen.”

Jonathan Blunk

“I’ve tried to give readers strong, vivid glimpses of [James Wright] in all the places he lived and traveled to in his sadly shortened but very full life.”

Quintan Ana Wikswo and Margo Berdeshevsky

I suspect that Evil created Hope, knowing that it would never be a successful opponent.

Leslie Stein

I think loneliness is a beautiful emotion, it respects your inner desires, and one should be thankful to have those.

Kristen Arnett

My family is my writing community, the friends who’ve been there for me, my queer community. And that’s a lot of good fucking people.

Jesús Carmona-Robles

“I do not believe in the poet as a prophet. I do not believe in the poet as a revelator of absolute truths. I do not believe in the poet as a warrior. I think the poet is a sort of journalist of himself who uses language to flirt with beauty.”

John Keene

How can we go beyond the commonplace, even when we’re thinking of ourselves, to get to a deeper, hidden otherness?

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