The Quote List

Quotes For All Occasions

Mark Strand – 14 Quotes

 

14 Quotes by Mark Strand

 

The future is always beginning now.

– Mark Strand


It’s very hard to write humor.

– Mark Strand


Usually a life turned into a poem is misrepresented.

– Mark Strand


Poetry is, first and last, language – the rest is filler.

– Mark Strand


Pain is filtered in a poem so that it becomes finally, in the end, pleasure.

– Mark Strand


I would say that American poetry has always been a poetry of personal testimony.

– Mark Strand


A life is not sufficiently elevated for poetry, unless, of course, the life has been made into an art.

– Mark Strand


Poetry is something that happens in universities, in creative writing programs or in English departments.

– Mark Strand


And at least in poetry you should feel free to lie. That is, not to lie, but to imagine what you want, to follow the direction of the poem.

– Mark Strand


A great many people seem to think writing poetry is worthwhile, even though it pays next to nothing and is not as widely read as it should be.

– Mark Strand


I believe that all poetry is formal in that it exists within limits, limits that are either inherited by tradition or limits that language itself imposes.

– Mark Strand


I think the best American poetry is the poetry that utilizes the resources of poetry rather than exploits the defects or triumphs of the poet’s personality.

– Mark Strand


I certainly can’t speak for all cultures or all societies, but it’s clear that in America, poetry serves a very marginal purpose. It’s not part of the cultural mainstream.

– Mark Strand


And yet, in a culture like ours, which is given to material comforts, and addicted to forms of entertainment that offer immediate gratification, it is surprising that so much poetry is written.

– Mark Strand


Leave a Reply