Each month I add a favorite quote on writing or poetry to remind us why we write.
What’s writing really about? It’s about trying to take fuller possession of the reality of your life.
“In a writing practice, you are building an interior place when you write – a place where your intuitive voice wakes up and speaks to you.”
“If you write three lines down in a notebook every day (they don’t have to be great or important, they don’t have to relate to one another, you don’t have to show them to anyone)... you will find out what you notice. Uncanny connections will be made visible to you. That’s what I started learning when I was 12, and I never stopped learning it.”
“Sometimes you've got to let everything go - purge yourself. If you are unhappy with anything . . . whatever is bringing you down, get rid of it. Because you'll find that when you're free, your true creativity, your true self comes out."
“On a day when I write, I can have a conversation with you and be totally yours. It brings me present in my friendships. Emptying gives us the capacity to love in a deeper way.”
“Write to be with yourself. To befriend yourself.”
“Writing is moving into our bodies, especially when we write longhand, and not just our head. It makes us more grounded, more intuitive. Writing is a gut level experience.”
“To be creative is to be, or to strive to be, intimately alive, intimately curious… This is why joy accompanies the act of writing.”
"I think I just want to be known. I want to be seen... There's something about "Here I am."
“When you make music or write or create, it's really your job to have mind-blowing, irresponsible, condom-less sex with whatever idea it is you're writing about at the time. ”
“Writing practice allows us to take a curious interest in ourselves. Underneath, we long to know ourselves. When we hear our own naked, unedited voice in the present, we learn to accept it, to stand behind it and not be looking, as we normally do, for praise or criticism.”
'“Writing is the only thing that, when I do it, I don’t feel like I should be doing something else.”
"As I write, I create myself again and again."
In its origin, a poem is something completely unequivocal. It is a discharge, a call, a cry, a sigh, a gesture, a reaction by which the living soul seeks to defend itself from or to become aware of an emotion, an experience. In this first spontaneous most important function no poem can be judged. It speaks first of all simply to the poet himself, it is his cry, his scream, his dream, his smile, his whirling fists.
"What I do know - what I've spent the past couple of decades learning about myself – is that if I'm not writing, I'm not well. If I'm not writing, the world around me is slowly leached of its color. My senses are dulled. I am crabby with my husband, short-tempered with my kid, and more inclined to see small things wrong with my house (the crack in the ceiling, the smudge prints along the staircase wall) than look out the window at the blazing maple tree, the family of geese making its way across our driveway. If I'm not writing, my heart hardens, rather than lifts."
"I write entirely to find out what I'm thinking,
what I'm looking at, what I see and what it means.
What I want and what I fear."
"In the journal, you are not trying to be artistic. You are simply expressing energy. The journal mirrors you -- you are trying to see who you are.”
Her writing statement: "To be exactly who I am and to have it be easy!"
“I know nothing in the world that has as much power as a word. Sometimes I write one, and I begin to look at it, until it shines.”