Poetry Guts

Speaking Chicken on Snake, small colored pencil drawing by Lenore Goodell ca 1973

 

Poetry is from the gut of the mind. larry goodell
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Writing is never easy except when inspired. lg
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The less poetry is concerned with the everyday existence and the rhythmic talents of a people, the less readable that poetry is likely to be. Louis Zukofsky
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Form is never more than an extension of content. Robert Creeley
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I think I could say what nobody thought. Gertrude Stein
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No ideas but in things. Dr. William Carlos Williams
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If poetry comes not as naturally as leaves to a tree it had better not come at all. John Keats
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Poetry if anything gives us a sense of everything. Louis Zukofsky
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Poetry convinces not be argument but by the form it creates to carry its content. Zukofsky
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A simple order of speech is an asset in poetry. Zukofsky
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Simplicity of utterance and song go together. Zukofsky
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A lyric has to sing. A poem has to read. Sammy Cohn, lyricist
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Performing is allowing your soul to dance through the instrument you’re playing. Stevie Wonder
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When I take a breath and start to move, I construct a sentence. It is what happens when I exhale. A ‘sentence’ is logical, it has integrity and consistency. It does something. Lee Connor, dancer & choreographer
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These breaths, of course, can and should vary in duration, as they are not literally the length of one breath of the body at rest, but rather like a spoken sentence, with possibly a subclause or two; or, using another comparison, like a melodic line a flutist might play in one breath. Doris Humphrey, dancer & choreographer
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Our religion is the poetry in which we believed. Santayana
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“We are hamstrung by a fear of being miscellaneous. The book-trade, accursed of god, man and nature, makes no provision for any publication that is not one of a series; and masterwork is never one of a series, neither is vital invention. It has its place in the historic process, which is far from the same.” from Ezra Pound’s letter to John Crowe Ransom, 15Oct38
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Language of poet(ry) often allies itself with song, not oratory. Louis Zukofsky, A Test Of Poetry, 1948 (but I can’t now find this in “The Test of Poetry — lg)
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The complications of rhetorical ornament (similes, metaphors, conceits) in later times seem to have created a printed (and worse, a bookish) poetry written to be read silently rather than to be spoken or sung. Zukofsky
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It is the hardest task for even great poets to limit the number of words used to maximum advantage. Zukofsky
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Condensation is more than half of composition. The rest is proper breathing space, ease, grace. Zukofsky
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As poetry, only objectified emotion endures. Zukofsky
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I was already a convert to the Romantic spirit, and myth in that spirit is not only a story that expresses the soul but a story that awakens the soul to the real persons of its romance, in which the actual and the spiritual are revealed, one in the other. Robert Duncan, p42 The Truth & Life of Myth
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About larry goodell

Poet, voice theater, open space for others, helping hands, sensual paradise here on earth reinvigorated by organic gardening, spirits of New Mexico dancing....
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