C.D. Wright quotes

  • Poetry is the language of intensity. Because we are going to die, an expression of intensity is justified.
    -- C.D. Wright

    #Expression #Language #Justified

  • I am suggesting that the radical of poetry lies not in the resolution of doubts but in their proliferation
    -- C.D. Wright

    #Lying #Doubt #Resolution

  • Poetry is a necessity of life,
    -- C.D. Wright

    #Poetry Is

  • One opinion I share with the Dadaists is that art-making presupposes a revolutionary state of mind. Assimilating the practice into commodity or symbol of status nullifies its fundamental aims; therefore at the center of my own adherence to to this ranginess in taste is that it doesn't add up to membership in a private club. The differences choose me. There are so many approaches, so many innovative moves, so many oddly shaped ears in the field; may they never sing in unison.
    -- C.D. Wright

    #Art #Moving #Practice

  • Everyone in their car needs love.
    -- C.D. Wright

    #Car #Needs #Need Love

  • Poetry requires deliberate movement in its direction, a filament of faith in its persistence, receptivity to its fundamental worthwhileness. Within its unanesthetized heart there is quite a racket going on. Choices have to be made with respect to every mark. Not every mistake should be erased. Nor shall the unintelligible be left out. Order is there to be wrenched from the tangles of words. Results are impossible to measure. A clearing is drawn around the perimeter as if by a stick with a nail on the end.
    -- C.D. Wright

    #Mistake #Heart #Persistence

  • The artistic reward for refuting the received national tradition is liberation. The price is homelessness. Interior exile.
    -- C.D. Wright

    #Rewards #Artistic #Tradition

  • Readers have to be sought out and won to the light of the page, poem by poem, one by one by one.
    -- C.D. Wright

    #Light #Pages #Reader

  • Uniformity, in its motives, its goals, its far-ranging consequences, is the natural enemy of poetry, not to mention the enemy of trees, the soil, the exemplary life therein.
    -- C.D. Wright

    #Goal #Tree #Enemy

  • Poetry seems especially like nothing else so much as itself. Poetry is not like, it is the very lining of the inner life.
    -- C.D. Wright

    #Poetry Is

  • Almost none of the poetries I admire stick to their labels, native or adopted ones. Rather, they are vagrant in their identifications. Tramp poets, there you go, a new label for those with unstable allegiances.
    -- C.D. Wright

    #Labels #Vagrants #Sticks

  • It is a function of poetry to locate those zones inside us that would be free, and declare them so.
    -- C.D. Wright

    #Would Be #Function #Zone