on top of this sleek acorn
a knitted cap
All there is—
delicate fingers pluck
grapes off the vine
thrum of rubberbands
wings of Canada geese
A poet looks at the world the way a man looks at a woman.
The only thing that can save the world is the reclaiming of the awareness of the world. That’s what poetry does.
Poetry is a lion because it eats and intensifies natural speech.
Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world.
Words are alive — cut them and they bleed.
You are the butterfly and you are gone.
The Kings who have died one by one are now reborn in poet’s hearts.
Poetry is from the frontiers of consciousness.
All night wild impulses
The only way to find a path
is to set fire to your life.
I think poetry must stay open all night in beautiful cellars.
We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospection.
Poetry is the eternal graffiti written in the heart of everyone.
A poet must achieve a balance between solitude and solidarity, between feeling
and action, between intimacy of mankind and the revelation of nature.
Wine is bottled poetry.
The poetry of the earth is never dead.
Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason.
Poetry is the utterance of deep and heart-felt truth:
the true poet is near the oracle.
Always be a poet, even in prose.
Poetry is sort of a homecoming.
Poetry is like a bird, it ignores all frontiers.
A poet and writer of the natural world, Terri Glass mentored under William Stafford and Robert Bly.
Terri Glass offers a range of creative writing and poetry workshops for both adults and children.
Read and hear sample poems by Terri Glass on topics ranging from nature to spirituality to love.
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