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Saturday, July 30, 2022

'Enriching and enhancing our lives'


“Nobody, I think, ought to read poetry, or look at pictures or statues, who cannot find a great deal more in them than the poet or artist has actually expressed. Their highest merit is suggestiveness.” – Nathaniel Hawthorne


Usually on Saturday I have a “Saturday’s Poem” to share.  But today, as we end July and start the trek toward summer’s end, I thought a few quotes about poetry instead might be in order – all by poets, such as Hawthorne, who were born in the month of July.    
“I like poems you can tack all over with a hammer and there are no hollow places.” –  John Ashbery


“The poetry of a people comes from the deep recesses of the unconscious, the irrational and the collective body of our ancestral memories.” –  Margaret Walker


“Poetry is above all a concentration of the power of language, which is the power of our ultimate relationship to everything in the universe.” –  Adrienne Rich

Poetry enriches and enhances all of our lives, and for writers it is a terrific way to both express yourself and to capture the essence of a subject, or the world around you. 

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