Monday, October 10, 2011

On writing

I’m not a big fan of inspiration. I’m too old to sit and wait for the muse to give me a little kiss… I write a lot, and I’m not afraid to make mistakes or to write badly. I can always fix something weak and dull. But I can’t fix a blank page.

- Ron Koertge

We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for. To quote from Whitman, “O me! O life!… of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless—of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life? Answer. That you are here - that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse.” That the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?
Dead Poets Society

1 comment:

  1. My fave quote comes from Chuck Close- "Inspiration is for amateurs." He was speaking about the value of clocking consistent hours and doing lots of prep work for his paintings- I happen to believe he's 100% right.