Wednesday, January 19, 2011

A Poet on Poetry

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In speaking about writing a poem, Mary Oliver, said, "It wants to open itself, like the door of a little temple, so that you might step inside and be cooled and refreshed, and less yourself than part of everything.

"Poetry is a life-cherishing force. For poems are not words, after all, but fires for the cold, ropes let down to the lost, something as necessary as bread in the pockets of the hungry."


  1. Thank you, Mary Oliver is certainly a favorite for me. I think of you.

  2. I love Mary Oliver and the way you wove this was so beautiful and soulful~!
    Lovely, love your words~xXx

  3. What a nice quote Sherry. Its been to long. :) I have news to tell you. :) heeeeeeeeeee! Stumbled & Standing is going to be published. :)

  4. I love this quote paints poet and poetry so well....and i wanted to tell you i loved your comment about your grandmother....what a couragious lady....her spirit lives on in you and your daughters! :-)

  5. OH YES it is, yes it is... I could have never described it better.. and yet there are a lot of other ways to describe it...
    Love your blog
    Thanks for the comment at my place!


  6. "less yourself than part of everything"...oh yes.


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