Thursday, June 14, 2007

(In honor of Poetry Thursday with no rules or prompts, I offer this meme from here which says:

"Give us at least 10 quotations pertaining to poetry—from 10 different writers and/or poets—that best coincide with your philosophy, vis-à-vis ars poetica. They can be posthumous or otherwise. The order is not important—unless it is to you."

1. "We live on the leash of our senses." --Diane Ackerman--

2. "There is nothing you can see that is not a flower, nothing you can think that is not the moon." --Basho--

3. "The only thing that can save the world is the reclaiming of the awareness of the world. That's what poetry does." --Allen Ginsberg--

4. "Everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt." --Sylvia Plath--

5. "Breathe-in experience, breathe-out poetry." --Muriel Rukeyser--

6. "I have never started a poem yet whose end I knew. Writing a poem is discovering." --Robert Frost--

7. "If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry." --Emily Dickinson--

8. "Poetry is language at its most distilled and most powerful." --Rita Dove--

9. "Poetry is the journal of a sea animal living on land, wanting to fly in the air." --Carl Sandburg--

10. "Trust in what you love, continue to do it, and it will take you where you need to go." --Natalie Goldberg--

If the meme doesn't technically fulfill my obligations to share a poem today, go here--where I have one published right now called "Gravity". (and for my regular readers, sorry for the shameless self-promotion but I'm almost certain that's one of the definitions of "blog" in the dictionary, go ahead and look it up if you don't believe me) Happy Thursday!


Blogger paris parfait said...

Delia, your own poem is beautiful. Reminds me so much of when I was pregnant with my daughter. And yes, yes and YES to the quotes you've provided here! Thank you. xo

10:51 AM  
Blogger daisies said...

hee hee ... your last bit made me giggle, raising my water bottle in a blog toast :)

you have listed some of my favourite quotes, ones that i have in sticky notes and journals scattered about :)

and you know, i think 'gravity' is incredibly beautiful and reading through it again only reinforced that for me ... xox

10:56 AM  
Blogger Michelle (a.k.a. la vie en rose) said...

2&7 are my favorites...

2:54 PM  
Blogger Amber said...

Aw, this is a good idea. Always room for new quotes. :)

But what a CUTE and FUn picture of you two! Love that! She is such a little dolly. *sigh*


8:45 PM  
Anonymous gautami tripathy said...

Great quotes. I liked Plath's best!

Your poem is good!

8:54 PM  
Blogger Crafty Green Poet said...

Excellent list of quotes and thanks for the link to your poetry, nothing at all wrong with a bit pf self promotion!

3:18 AM  
Anonymous Christine said...

I actually came here from Mamazine (I'm a subscriber) and am delighted to have found another writer to read online. It's one of the things I truly enjoy about the internet - the interconnectedness.

Truly enjoyed your poem and of the quotes posted, I have a soft spot for Diane Ackerman and Sylvia Plath.

11:24 AM  
Blogger Melba said...

The picture made me smile from ear to ear!

I love the quotes!
I am all for shameless promotion! ;)


1:57 PM  
Blogger Left-handed Trees... said...

Thank you all!
Christine, welcome...thanks for taking the time to visit from Mamazine.

8:51 AM  
Blogger gerry rosser said...

All those quotes are inspirational.

I've moved to, hope you visit.

9:32 AM  
Blogger Tammy said...

Wonderful and thought provoking treats! XXOO

2:44 PM  
Blogger Deb R said...

"The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt."

I love that!! It's so true.

Great meme, Delia, and that's a fabulous photo!

1:56 AM  
Anonymous acumamakiki said...

what a delicious photo of you and your girl.

8:48 AM  
Blogger Alexandra S said...

You are a wonderful writer. I have just come from reading Gravity. And these quotes you posted- I hadn't read almost all of these. Each one spoke to me. Thank you!

2:09 AM  
Blogger January said...

I needed #5 and #10 today, because self-doubt is creeping in. Thanks for sharing such a great quote.

2:02 PM  
Anonymous Heather said...

A beautiful and worthwhile meme. :)

10:09 AM  

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