Tuesday, June 15, 2010

On Craft

From Narrative magazine Craft and Resistance by Peter Elbow

From Fooling With Words
by Bill Moyers

"Everything to me is connected—religion, the body, politics, our relation to each other and all other living beings, the environment. Life is of one piece. To me, it's all one vision, and poetry is at the center."

"In a way, every poem is a leap of faith."
—Marge Piercy

From The Teaching Company

"Great writing begins—and ends—with the sentence.

Whether two words ("Jesus wept.") or 1,287 words (a sentence in William Faulkner's Absalom! Absalom!), sentences have the power to captivate..."

"I believe more in the scissors than I do in the pencil."
—Truman Capote

"One must be drenched in words, literally soaked in them, to have the right ones form themselves into the proper patterns at the right moment."
—Hart Crane

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