It did not matter
when stinging on my cheek
was the grace of snowflake
December in the park
River so high, air so chill
My inner thighs freeze
Could barely see them
standing in the cornfield
a hundred sandhill cranes
A poet must achieve a balance between solitude and solidarity, between feeling
and action, between intimacy of mankind and the revelation of nature.
The poetry of the earth is never dead.
Poetry is the eternal graffiti written in the heart of everyone.
A poet looks at the world the way a man looks at a woman.
Poetry is from the frontiers of consciousness.
Poetry is the utterance of deep and heart-felt truth:
the true poet is near the oracle.
Words are alive — cut them and they bleed.
Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world.
Always be a poet, even in prose.
All night wild impulses
The only way to find a path
is to set fire to your life.
Poetry is sort of a homecoming.
The only thing that can save the world is the reclaiming of the awareness of the world. That’s what poetry does.
We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospection.
Poetry is like a bird, it ignores all frontiers.
Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason.
I think poetry must stay open all night in beautiful cellars.
Poetry is a lion because it eats and intensifies natural speech.
You are the butterfly and you are gone.
The Kings who have died one by one are now reborn in poet’s hearts.
Wine is bottled poetry.
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.
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