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Diane Wakoski – 17 Quotes

 

17 Quotes by Diane Wakoski

 

I think one of the things that language poets are very involved with is getting away from conventional ideas of beauty, because those ideas contain a certain attitude toward women, certain attitudes toward sex, certain attitudes toward race, etc.

– Diane Wakoski


American poetry, like American painting, is always personal with an emphasis on the individuality of the poet.

– Diane Wakoski


Because, in fact, women, feminists, do read my poetry, and they read it often with the power of their political interpretation. I don’t care that’s what poetry is supposed to do.

– Diane Wakoski


But I am not political in the current events sense, and I have never wanted anyone to read my poetry that way.

– Diane Wakoski


But I don’t think that poetry is a good, to use a contemporary word, venue, for current events.

– Diane Wakoski


Distinctly American poetry is usually written in the context of one’s geographic landscape, sometimes out of one’s cultural myths, and often with reference to gender and race or ethnic origins.

– Diane Wakoski


From reading a previous answer, you know that I consider all those aspects to be part of American cultural myth and thus they figure into good American poetry, whether the poet is aware of what he is doing or not.

– Diane Wakoski


High and low culture come together in all Post Modern art, and American poetry is not excluded from this.

– Diane Wakoski


I definitely wish to distinguish American poetry from British or other English language poetry.

– Diane Wakoski


I don’t like political poetry, and I don’t write it. If this question was pointing towards that, I think it is missing the point of the American tradition, which is always apolitical, even when the poetry comes out of politically active writers.

– Diane Wakoski


I have always wanted what I have now come to call the voice of personal narrative. That has always been the appealing voice in poetry. It started for me lyrically in Shakespeare’s sonnets.

– Diane Wakoski


I think I’m a very good reader of poetry, but obviously, like everybody, I have a set of criteria for reading poems, and I’m not shy about presenting them, so if people ask for my critical response to a poem, I tell them what works and why, and what doesn’t work and why.

– Diane Wakoski


I think that great poetry is the most interesting and complex use of the poet’s language at that point in history, and so it’s even more exciting when you read a poet like Yeats, almost 100 years old now, and you think that perhaps no one can really top that.

– Diane Wakoski


I think that’s what poetry does. It allows people to come together and identify with a common thing that is outside of themselves, but which they identify with from the interior.

– Diane Wakoski


I’m perfectly happy when I look out at an audience and it’s all women. I always think it’s kind of odd, but then, more women than men, I think, read and write poetry.

– Diane Wakoski


PC stuff just lowers the general acceptance of good work and replaces it with bogus poetry that celebrates values that in themselves are probably quite worthy.

– Diane Wakoski


Still, language is resilient, and poetry when it is pressured simply goes underground.

– Diane Wakoski


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