Mark Strand - Quotes

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The future is always beginning now.

The future is always beginning now.

For some of us, the less said about the way we do things the better. ---->>>

Poetry is, first and last, language - the rest is filler. ---->>>

There's a certain point, when you're writing autobiographical stuff, where you don't want to misrepresent yourself. It would be dishonest. ---->>>

A life is not sufficiently elevated for poetry, unless, of course, the life has been made into an art. ---->>>

I am not concerned with truth, nor with conventional notions of what is beautiful. ---->>>

Each moment is a place you've never been. ---->>>

I think the best American poetry is the poetry that utilizes the resources of poetry rather than exploits the defects or triumphs of the poet's personality. ---->>>

Pain is filtered in a poem so that it becomes finally, in the end, pleasure.

Pain is filtered in a poem so that it becomes finally, in the end, pleasure.

A great many people seem to think writing poetry is worthwhile, even though it pays next to nothing and is not as widely read as it should be. ---->>>

I tend to like poems that engage me - that is to say, which do not bore me. ---->>>

I would say that American poetry has always been a poetry of personal testimony. ---->>>

Nothing is the destiny of everyone, it is our commonness made dumb. ---->>>

And at least in poetry you should feel free to lie. That is, not to lie, but to imagine what you want, to follow the direction of the poem.

And at least in poetry you should feel free to lie. That is, not to lie, but to imagine what you want, to follow the direction of the poem.

From the reader's view, a poem is more demanding than prose. ---->>>

Usually a life turned into a poem is misrepresented.

Usually a life turned into a poem is misrepresented.

And yet, in a culture like ours, which is given to material comforts, and addicted to forms of entertainment that offer immediate gratification, it is surprising that so much poetry is written. ---->>>

It's very hard to write humor. ---->>>

Poetry is something that happens in universities, in creative writing programs or in English departments. ---->>>

The number of people writing poems is vast, and their reasons for doing so are many, that much can be surmised from the stacks of submissions. ---->>>

I certainly can't speak for all cultures or all societies, but it's clear that in America, poetry serves a very marginal purpose. It's not part of the cultural mainstream. ---->>>

It hardly seems worthwhile to point out the shortsightedness of those practitioners who would have us believe that the form of the poem is merely its shape. ---->>>

But I tend to think of the expressive part of me as rather tedious - never curious or responsive, but blind and self-serving. ---->>>

I believe that all poetry is formal in that it exists within limits, limits that are either inherited by tradition or limits that language itself imposes. ---->>>

And Robert Lowell, of course - in his poems, we're not located in his actual life. We're located more in the externals, in the journalistic facts of his life. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: American
Born: 04-11, 1934
Birthplace:
Die: 11-29, 2014
Occupation: Poet
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Mark Strand (April 11, 1934 – November 29, 2014) was a Canadian-born American poet, essayist and translator. He was appointed Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress in 1990 and received the Wallace Stevens Award in 2004. Strand was a professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University from 2005 until his death in 2014 (wikipedia)