"I have long felt that in the silences between words and the pauses between lines in a lyric poem, one can hear the faintly whispered refrain 'we are mortal.'"

-- Gregory Orr, “Order and Disorder in Lyric Poetry

"The work of the eyes is done. Go now and do the heart-work on the images imprisoned within you."

-- Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet

Finding the title for a poem is almost never a problem for me but I'm really stuck coming up with one for he piece I'm working on now. I'm pretty sure that's all I still need to finish it.

What do you do when the right title just isn't making itself known to you?

"A poem can sometimes feel like something hidden behind a door: the door opens and you are invited into something strange—maybe something confounding, disturbing—in some way that is felt, beyond intellect."

-- Dana Levin

"I don’t know why a poem begins in one place and ends up in another."

-- Henri Cole

"A poem, is a manifestation of language and thus essentially dialogue, can be a message in a bottle, sent out in the—not always greatly hopeful—belief that somewhere and sometime it could wash up on land, on heartland perhaps."

-- Paul Celan

" survives because it haunts and it haunts because it is simultaneously utterly clear and deeply mysterious, because it cannot be entirely accounted for, it cannot be exhausted."

-- Louise Glück

"I still feel that poetry is not medicine - it’s an X-ray. It helps you see the wound and understand it."

-- Dunya Mikhail

Most of the time, power has to do with dominance. But poetry is never about dominance. Poetry is powerful but it cannot even aspire to dominate anyone. It means making a connection. That’s what it means.

-- June Jordan

One of my poems which appeared earlier this year in Interstellar Literary Review (interstellarlit.com/) ...

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