One mistake with beginners in writing is, that they think it important to spin out something long. It is a great deal better not to write more than a page or two, unless you have something to say, and can write it correctly.
Love is when you meet someone who tells you something new about yourself.
Auden said poetry makes nothing happen. But I wonder if the opposite could be true. It could make something happen.
It is no great art to say something briefly when, like Tacitus, one has something to say; when one has nothing to say, however, and none the less writes a whole book and makes truth into a liar – that I call an achievement.
I have learned so much from working with other poets, travelling and reading with them, spending days discussing poems in progress. There is the sense that we are all, as writers, part of something which is more powerful than any of us.
Give your dog or cat respect, patience, understanding and love. And if you just change to one vegetarian day a week, that’s a wonderful step that will save animal lives. It means you have chosen something kind instead of something cruel.
There is something in the pang of change More than the heart can bear, Unhappiness remembering happiness.
This is how you start to get respect: by offering something that you have.
Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.
There is something in the place where we were born that holds us always by the heart-strings.