Cherry tree blooming
against my bedroom window
keeps me up all night
Wooduck floats downstream
As I lay in the hammock
I drift with the clouds
Spring sneak preview
through lush green foliage
one purple finch
Words are alive — cut them and they bleed.
Wine is bottled poetry.
Always be a poet, even in prose.
Poetry is sort of a homecoming.
A poet must achieve a balance between solitude and solidarity, between feeling
and action, between intimacy of mankind and the revelation of nature.
Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world.
We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospection.
Poetry is from the frontiers of consciousness.
Poetry is a lion because it eats and intensifies natural speech.
Poetry is like a bird, it ignores all frontiers.
You are the butterfly and you are gone.
The Kings who have died one by one are now reborn in poet’s hearts.
The only thing that can save the world is the reclaiming of the awareness of the world. That’s what poetry does.
Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason.
I think poetry must stay open all night in beautiful cellars.
Poetry is the utterance of deep and heart-felt truth:
the true poet is near the oracle.
A poet looks at the world the way a man looks at a woman.
Poetry is the eternal graffiti written in the heart of everyone.
All night wild impulses
The only way to find a path
is to set fire to your life.
The poetry of the earth is never dead.
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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