One Wikipedia Definition Does Not A Poet Make

Alto, I totally agree with all you’ve tried to impress upon Just Studying. I am also completely certain that he will ignore every bit of disagreement and enlightenment he’s received here in these discussions, having a one-track, linear, very closed mind and all. Perhaps “Just Studying” is code for “Know Everything Already.” It’s kind of sad, but those types are actually incapable of learning anything. I think we need to ignore him, allow him to feel superior to the rest of us, and continue to sink into his own sureties, while we carry on with our real work.

I have these (among many) posted in my little room of creativity — I wouldn’t expect Just Studying to understand any of them.

From Christian Wiman —

“Let us remember … that in the end we go to poetry for one reason, so that we might more fully inhabit our lives and the world in which we live them, and that if we more fully inhabit these things, we might be less apt to destroy both.”

From Jack Kerouac —

“In prose you make the paragraph. Every paragraph is a poem.”

From Robert Graves —

“No poem is worth anything unless it starts from a poetic trance, out of which you can be wakened by interruption as from a dream. In fact, it is the same thing.”

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