Poetry is the journal of the sea animal living on land, wanting to fly in the air. Poetry is a search for syllables to shoot at the barriers of the unknown and the unknowable. Poetry is a phantom script telling how rainbows are made and why they go away. Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance - Carl Sandburg..........Poetry should be great and unobtrusive, a thing which enters into one's soul, and does not startle it or amaze it with itself, but with its subject - John Keats .........Poetry is the breath and finer spirit of all knowledge - William Wordsworth ..........Poets utter great and wise things which they do not themselves understand - Plato .........No man was ever yet a great poet, without being at the same time a profound philosopher. For poetry is the blossom and the fragrance of all human knowledge, human thoughts, human passions, emotions, language - Samuel Taylor Coleridge .........One demands two things of a poem. Firstly, it must be a well-made verbal object that does honor to the language in which it is written. Secondly, it must say something significant about a reality common to us all, but perceived from a unique perspective. What the poet says has never been said before, but, once he has said it, his readers recognize its validity for themselves - W. H. Auden ...........Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash - Leonard Cohen .........There is a pleasure in poetic pains which only poets know - William Cowper .........Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood -T. S. Eliot ..........Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason - Novalis...........He who draws noble delights from sentiments of poetry is a true poet, though he has never written a line in all his life - George Sand .........A poem is never finished, only abandoned - Paul Valery ........A poet is a bird of unearthly excellence, who escapes from his celestial realm arrives in this world warbling. If we do not cherish him, he spreads his wings and flies back into his homeland - Kahlil Gibran.............Poetry should strike the reader as a wording of his own highest thoughts, and appear almost a remembrance - John Keats..........To be a poet is a condition, not a profession - Robert Frost........A poem is true if it hangs together. Information points to something else. A poem points to nothing but itself - E. M. Forster.........Publishing a volume of verse is like dropping a rose petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo - Don Marquis...........Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion; it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things - T. S. Eliot ..........You can tear a poem apart to see what makes it tick. You're back with the mystery of having been moved by words. The best craftsmanship always leaves holes and gaps so that something that is not in the poem can creep, crawl, flash or thunder in - Dylan Thomas .........Poetry is boned with ideas, nerved and blooded with emotions, all held together by the delicate, tough skin of words - Paul Engle......... There is not a joy the world can give like that it takes away! Lord Byron

严力-中国

 

巧遇(给世界诗歌日321日)

 

初春去了公园的河畔

因为先辈们早就发现

语言从柳枝上刚刚垂下来时

最适合朗诵

这天还巧遇了世界诗歌日

尽管它并不比其他的节日更出彩

但它被春光勾着手臂的出场像个王

恍惚中我看见

来不及回避的黑暗

都在原地跪了下来

 

2015.3.21.

 

 

六十以后

 

我不知道要依靠多少人的肩膀

才能把句子写顺到

可以时常发表的程度

我不知道

这样做是学习的热情太高

还是钻营的目的太强

尽管我知道抄袭不光彩

但抄袭礼貌又另当别论

所以我知道行为可以抄袭

作品不可以

问题是

六十岁以后我能否抄袭自己

能否把抄袭礼貌当作抄袭

自己的作品

 

2014.8.

 

 

 

 

与国家为邻

 

终于到了给时间

穿上高跟鞋的时候啦

让它去眺望我们的未来

但国家对未来的知识有限

它不知道还有

不以国家命名的财富

不过我并不觉得解散团体

就一定能看到个体的文明

可如果没有对比

我就无法知道自己是谁

所以黑必须与白为邻

我必须与国家为邻

 

 

2014.11.

 

 

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