Mark Strand's Quotes
Biography of Mark Strand
Pain is filtered in a poem so that it becomes finally, in the end, pleasure.Tags: End, Pain, Poetry
A great many people seem to think writing poetry is worthwhile, even though it pays next to nothing and is not as widely read as it should be.Tags: Great, Poetry, Writing
A life is not sufficiently elevated for poetry, unless, of course, the life has been made into an art.Tags: Art, Life, Poetry
And at least in poetry you should feel free to lie. That is, not to lie, but to imagine what you want, to follow the direction of the poem.Tags: Free, Lie, Poetry
But I tend to think of the expressive part of me as rather tedious - never curious or responsive, but blind and self-serving.Tags: Blind, Curious, Rather
I am not concerned with truth, nor with conventional notions of what is beautiful.Tags: Beautiful, Nor, Truth
I tend to like poems that engage me - that is to say, which do not bore me.Tags: Bore, Engage, Poems
I would say that American poetry has always been a poetry of personal testimony.Tags: American, Personal, Poetry
Poetry is something that happens in universities, in creative writing programs or in English departments.Tags: Creative, Poetry, Writing
The number of people writing poems is vast, and their reasons for doing so are many, that much can be surmised from the stacks of submissions.Tags: Number, Reasons, Writing
There's a certain point, when you're writing autobiographical stuff, where you don't want to misrepresent yourself. It would be dishonest.Tags: Point, Writing, Yourself
And Robert Lowell, of course - in his poems, we're not located in his actual life. We're located more in the externals, in the journalistic facts of his life.Tags: Actual, Facts, Life
And yet, in a culture like ours, which is given to material comforts, and addicted to forms of entertainment that offer immediate gratification, it is surprising that so much poetry is written.Tags: Culture, Poetry, Written
I believe that all poetry is formal in that it exists within limits, limits that are either inherited by tradition or limits that language itself imposes.Tags: Language, Poetry, Within
I certainly can't speak for all cultures or all societies, but it's clear that in America, poetry serves a very marginal purpose. It's not part of the cultural mainstream.Tags: America, Poetry, Speak
I think the best American poetry is the poetry that utilizes the resources of poetry rather than exploits the defects or triumphs of the poet's personality.Tags: American, Best, Poetry
It hardly seems worthwhile to point out the shortsightedness of those practitioners who would have us believe that the form of the poem is merely its shape.Tags: Point, Seems, Worthwhile
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