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John Barton Quotes

To me many short poems read and write like beginnings that simply whet my appetite; I want to get over that.
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I became intrigued with colour theory. The absurd pronouncements of the Colour Institute, a group that decides what colours are hot each year or season, amused me.

— John Barton

No poem is easily grasped; so why should any reader expect fast results?

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Sometimes poetry is inspired by the conversation entered into by reading other poems.

— John Barton

Most victims of my autobiographical verse are either far too polite, remarkably understanding unaware that I have written poems about them.

— John Barton

Poetry is but another form of inquiry into the nature of phenomena, using with its own unique procedures and tools.

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Reading should be a repeat performance.

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Some readers allow their prejudices to blind them. A good reader knows how to disregard inappropriate responses.

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I have always been very obsessed with time. Time's passage makes us all very vulnerable and because we all experience it in our own way, it can make us feel very alone.

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My obsession with time informs my poetry so completely it is hard for me to summarize it. We want time to pass, for new things to happen to us, we want to hold on to certain moments, we don't want our lives to end.

— John Barton

Writing can sometimes be exploitative. I like to take a few steps of remove in order to respect the privacy of the subject. If readers make the link, they have engaged with the poem.

— John Barton

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