Mark Strand

Mark Strand – And yet, in a culture…


“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.”
-Mark Strand

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Mark Strand – I believe that all poetry…


“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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Mark Strand – I certainly can’t speak for…


“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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Mark Strand – The future is always beginning…


“The future is always beginning now.”
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Mark Strand – I would say that American…


“I would say that American poetry has always been a poetry of personal testimony.”
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Mark Strand – A life is not sufficiently…


“A life is not sufficiently elevated for poetry, unless, of course, the life has been made into an art.”
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Mark Strand – Poetry is, first and last…


“Poetry is, first and last, language – the rest is filler.”
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Mark Strand – Usually a life turned into…


“Usually a life turned into a poem is misrepresented.”
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Mark Strand – And at least in poetry…


“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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Mark Strand – Pain is filtered in a…


“Pain is filtered in a poem so that it becomes finally, in the end, pleasure.”
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