Facts about Mark Strand

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Mark Strand is a famous Poet from USA, he/she is 83 years old and still alive, born April 11, 1934.

Our collection contains 25 quotes who is written / told by Mark, under the main topic Poetry.

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Famous quotes by Mark Strand (25)


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"From the reader's view, a poem is more demanding than prose"
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"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"
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"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"
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"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"
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"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"
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"But I tend to think of the expressive part of me as rather tedious - never curious or responsive, but blind and self-serving"
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"There's a certain point, when you're writing autobiographical stuff, where you don't want to misrepresent yourself. It would be dishonest"
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"Poetry is, first and last, language - the rest is filler"
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"For some of us, the less said about the way we do things the better"
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"A life is not sufficiently elevated for poetry, unless, of course, the life has been made into an art"
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"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"
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"Usually a life turned into a poem is misrepresented"
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"Nothing is the destiny of everyone, it is our commonness made dumb"
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"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"
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"It's very hard to write humor"
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"Each moment is a place you've never been"
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"Pain is filtered in a poem so that it becomes finally, in the end, pleasure"
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"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"
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"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"
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"The future is always beginning now"
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"Poetry is something that happens in universities, in creative writing programs or in English departments"
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"I am not concerned with truth, nor with conventional notions of what is beautiful"
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"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"
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"I would say that American poetry has always been a poetry of personal testimony"
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"I tend to like poems that engage me - that is to say, which do not bore me"


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