the falls roar loudly
then float down as snow.
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.
“I think poetry must stay open all night in beautiful cellars.”
“Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason.”
“Poetry is sort of a homecoming.”
“You are the butterfly and you are gone.”
“Poetry is the utterance of deep and heart-felt truth:
the true poet is near the oracle.”
“Always be a poet, even in prose.”
“Wine is bottled poetry.”
“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.”
“Poetry is like a bird, it ignores all frontiers.”
“A poet looks at the world the way a man looks at a woman.”
“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.”
“Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world.”
“The poetry of the earth is never dead.”
“The only thing that can save the world is the reclaiming of the awareness of the world. That’s what poetry does.”
“Words are alive — cut them and they bleed.”
“Poetry is a lion because it eats and intensifies natural speech.”
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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