Tom Sleigh’s poetry is hard-earned and well founded. I great admire the way it refuses to cut emotional corners and yet achieves a sense of lyric absolution.
The secret of happiness is to admire without desiring. And that is not happiness.
The last thing a young artist should do in poetry or any other field is think about what’s in style, what’s current, what are the trends. Think instead of what you like to read, what do you admire, what you like to listen to in music. What do you like to look at in architecture? Try to make a poem that has some of those qualities.
There is in true beauty, as in courage, something which narrow souls cannot dare to admire.
Men admire the man who can organize their wishes and thoughts in stone and wood and steel and brass.
To love is to admire with the heart; to admire is to love with the mind.
We always love those who admire us; we do not always love those whom we admire.
I defer to all these other American poets who, for some reason, I both envy and admire.
I love wisdom. And you can never be great at anything unless you love it. Not be in love with it, but love the thing, admire the thing. And it seems that if you love the thing, and you don’t just want to possess it, it will find you.
The generous Critic fann’d the Poet’s fire, And taught the world with reason to admire.