Poetry is for me Eucharistic. You take someone else’s suffering into your body, their passion comes into your body, and in doing that you commune, you take communion, you make a community with others.
Mostly, when I travel, I want to represent my own work well and let others know how I feel about poetry being an important part of life.
Nobody sounds good writing about your divorce, let’s face it.
Poetry gives us courage and sets us straight with the world. Poems are great companions and friends.
Teaching creationism in science class as an alternative to evolution is inappropriate.
The audiobooks I buy are never first-time reads – only rereadings of books I know well that I find intoxicating.
I grew up in a bookless house – my parents didn’t read poetry, so if I hadn’t had the chance to experience it at school I’d never have experienced it. But I loved English, and I was very lucky in that I had inspirational English teachers, Miss Scriven and Mr. Walker, and they liked us to learn poems by heart, which I found I loved doing.
When people suffer, their relationships usually suffer as well. Period. And we all suffer because, as the Buddha says, that’s the nature of being human and wanting stuff we don’t always get.
A quote is just a tattoo on the tongue.
Poetry and prayer are very similar.