James Tate Quotes

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James Tate Quotes

I was just sitting on my bed in a dormitory room, and I started writing. The thing that was magic about it was that once you put down one word, you could cross it out. I figured that out right away. I put down mountain, and then Id go, No - valley. Thats better.
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I love my funny poems, but I'd rather break your heart. And if I can do both in the same poem, that's the best.

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If you laughed earlier in the poem, and I bring you close to tears in the end, that's the best.

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Something should always change in a poem. The persona should learn something.

— James Tate

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