On Writing

These are quotes of other writers and few of my own thoughts on writing .

“If I read a book and it makes my whole body so cold no fire can ever warm me, I know that is poetry. If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry. These are the only ways I know it. Is there any other way?”   (Emily Dickinson)

This is what I believe. What is written by a poet is only half a poem. The other half is what the reader brings. As what is written is married with what is internal, something new and original is born. No two poems are alike in meaning or significance.  (Yousei Hime 11/2009)

“A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness.

A poet never takes notes. You never take notes in a love affair.”  (Robert Frost)

“Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash.“ (Leonard Cohen)

21 Responses to On Writing

  1. henna ink says:

    Where is the quote you sent me hunting for?!

  2. Dear Yousei, I love what you say about our poems being incomplete without the reader. Thanks, Ellen

  3. ivanlabayne says:

    Poetry cuts the head, slits the throat, asks you: where are hands and feet and eyes and do you smell and taste the growing lilacs or the cold mountains? poetry asks us to leave our current positions and reexperience life. we all love writing, :)

    • Yousei Hime says:

      ivanlabayne,
      Yes, yes! You’ve said something very similar to the Dickinson quote on my sidebar. These reactions you describe, these are how I know I’ve found something I like or something worth reading. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts. You are a deep thinker and I enjoy reflecting what you’ve shared. Let us continue writing; let us continue trembling others’ souls.

  4. booguloo says:

    I really enjoyed your quote. Thanks for sharing.

    • Yousei Hime says:

      booguloo,
      Welcome and thank you. Quotes have a particular power to make us stop and think and think a bit more. The very best, cement themselves to our souls and mark us forever. Thank you for visiting and commenting. Hope you’ll stop by again sometime.

  5. Yousei,
    These quotes were a splash of delight. Thanks for posting them. I look forward to wandering through the paths of your blog.

    Peace,

    Stephen

    • Yousei Hime says:

      Stephen,
      Welcome! Enjoy, enjoy. Sounds like you like a good quote too. Wander to your hearts content, leave a comment trail when you feel like it, and come back to the warren often. :)

  6. nanno1982 says:

    Beautiful quotes my friend.. specially Emily’s!!
    Your blog has changed a lot.. Like it’s new look.. I haven’t been here for so long :s

    • Yousei Hime says:

      nanno1982,
      Welcome back. Glad you like the post. It’s one of my favorites. The blog has changed; hopefully for the better. Hope you found the post useful/inspiring. See you soon. ;)

  7. featherheart says:

    Thank you for posting these wonderful quotes…. love the photo header and…. thank you for your kind comment on my blog.

  8. LT says:

    Thanks for the invite to come by – I dig what you are up to. Talk to you soon!

  9. Beware of people who tell you what poets “never” do – even if they’re poets.

    • Yousei Hime says:

      LOL! Glad you came by and read this lonely bit of writing (On Writing). I confess, I am a person who usually takes the perverse track when it comes to being told what to do. Happy to see you again.

  10. I love the Frost quote and the photos. I too will be back to walk through your garden.

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