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Mark Strand Quotes

If every head of state and every government official spent an hour a day reading poetry wed live in a much more humane and decent world.
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Each moment is a place
you've never been.

— Mark Strand

Ink runs from the corners of my mouth.
There is no happiness like mine.
I have been eating poetry.

— Mark Strand

Even this late it happens:
the coming of love, the coming of light.

— Mark Strand

She stood beside me for years, or was it a moment? I cannot remember. Maybe I loved her, maybe I didn't. There was a house, and then no house. There were trees, but none remain. When no one remembers, what is there? You, whose moments are gone, who drift like smoke in the afterlife, tell me something, tell me anything.

— Mark Strand

The ultimate self-effacement
is not the pretense of the minimal,
but the jocular considerations of the maximal
in the manner of Wallace Stevens.

— Mark Strand

And into the close and mirrored catacombs of sleep
We'll fall, and there in the faded light discover the bones,
The dust, the bitter remains of someone who might have been
Had we not taken his place.

— Mark Strand

Time slips by; our sorrows do not turn into poems,
And what is invisible stays that way.

— Mark Strand

We're only here for a short while. And I think it's such a lucky accident, having been born, that we're almost obliged to pay attention. In some ways, this is getting far afield. I mean, we are - as far as we know - the only part of the universe that's self-conscious. We could even be the universe's form of consciousness. We might have come along so that the universe could look at itself. I don't know that, but we're made of the same stuff that stars are made of, or that floats around in space. But we're combined in such a way that we can describe what it's like to be alive, to be witnesses. Most of our experience is that of being a witness. We see and hear and smell other things. I think being alive is responding.

— Mark Strand

Tell me, you people out there, what is poetry anyway?
Can anyone die without even a little?

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But I tend to think of the expressive part of me as rather tedious - never curious or responsive, but blind and self-serving.

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For some of us, the less said about the way we do things the better.

— Mark Strand

And Robert Lowell, of course - in his poems, we're not located in his actual life. We're located more in the externals, in the journalistic facts of his life.

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The reality of a poem is a very ghostly one. It suggests, it suggests, it suggests again.

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I haven't met God and I haven't been to heaven, so I'm skeptical,

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Poems not only demand patience, they demand a kind of surrender. You must give yourself up to them. This is the real food for a poet: other poems, not meat loaf.

— Mark Strand

We all have reasons for moving. I move to keep things whole.

— Mark Strand

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