Cold foggy morning
the neighborhood, no one dares
to get out of bed.
Walking in the woods
two dark eyes follow me—
spotted owl in tree.
Autumn leaves scatter
like broken shards of a cup
across the forest floor.
“The poetry of the earth is never dead.”
“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 the eternal graffiti written in the heart of everyone.”
“Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason.”
“Poetry is like a bird, it ignores all frontiers.”
“All night wild impulses
The only way to find a path
is to set fire to your life.”
“Always be a poet, even in prose.”
“Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world.”
“Poetry is a lion because it eats and intensifies natural speech.”
“A poet looks at the world the way a man looks at a woman.”
“Poetry is from the frontiers of consciousness.”
“Poetry is sort of a homecoming.”
“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.”
“I think poetry must stay open all night in beautiful cellars.”
“Words are alive — cut them and they bleed.”
“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospection.”
“Poetry is the utterance of deep and heart-felt truth:
the true poet is near the oracle.”
“The only thing that can save the world is the reclaiming of the awareness of the world. That’s what poetry does.”
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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