John Barton Quotes, Sayings, Remarks, Thoughts and Speeches

John Barton Quotes and Sayings

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    A literary journal is intended to connect writer with reader; the role of the editor is to mediate. John Barton | Refcard PDF
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    An experienced reader uses the poem as an agent of inquiry. This makes poetry very exciting, unstable, and interactive. John Barton | Refcard PDF
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    I became intrigued with colour theory. The absurd pronouncements of the Colour Institute, a group that decides what colours are hot each year or season, amused me. John Barton | Refcard PDF
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    I consider a poem to be a kind of experiment where a number of elements are brought together under test conditions to see how they will interact to create meaning or relevance. John Barton | Refcard PDF
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    I feel very connected to poets across the country. John Barton | Refcard PDF
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    I find it exhausting to administer a magazine without an office or paid staff. John Barton | Refcard PDF
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    I have always been very obsessed with time. Time's passage makes us all very vulnerable and because we all experience it in our own way, it can make us feel very alone. John Barton | Refcard PDF
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    I have become intrigued with the combining of seemingly unrelated ideas or images, or the drawing upon the many, sometimes dissimilar, meanings a word might have. John Barton | Refcard PDF
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    I have been told by a member of the board of one of Canada's most prominent literary magazines that a submission of mine once caused a great deal of controversy. John Barton | Refcard PDF
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    I sometimes like to tinker with poems that have failed, ones that I have sent aside. Even years afterward, I will revisit them if there is something about them that I cannot give up on. John Barton | Refcard PDF
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    I would not say I chose to write long poems on a conscious level. The long poem has been a relative constant. John Barton | Refcard PDF
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    If poetry alters the way in which the reader views the world, then it has had its desired effect. John Barton | Refcard PDF
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    In the past, poetry came in the form of spells and chants used to effect change. John Barton | Refcard PDF
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    Most victims of my autobiographical verse are either far too polite, remarkably understanding unaware that I have written poems about them. John Barton | Refcard PDF
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    My obsession with time informs my poetry so completely it is hard for me to summarize it. We want time to pass, for new things to happen to us, we want to hold on to certain moments, we don't want our lives to end. John Barton | Refcard PDF
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    No poem is easily grasped; so why should any reader expect fast results? John Barton | Refcard PDF
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    Poetry is but another form of inquiry into the nature of phenomena, using with its own unique procedures and tools. John Barton | Refcard PDF
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    Poets can't resist the dramatic pull of their lives and so inevitably write autobiographical verse. John Barton | Refcard PDF
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    Poets have to be sensitive to their audience, but it does not mean that they censor themselves. I realise my audience is diverse. Some will read with empathy and curiosity while others will take offense. John Barton | Refcard PDF
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    Reading should be a repeat performance. John Barton | Refcard PDF
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    Some readers allow their prejudices to blind them. A good reader knows how to disregard inappropriate responses. John Barton | Refcard PDF
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    Sometimes poetry is inspired by the conversation entered into by reading other poems. John Barton | Refcard PDF
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    The community of poets I belong to is not as close as it used to be, if only for the fact that our lives have become busier: jobs, children, and the like. John Barton | Refcard PDF
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    The experiment of the poem is mostly intuitive. I write the first draft, pulling in the various elements that interest me, in the hope that their being combined will lead to some kind of insight. John Barton | Refcard PDF
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    The poet must decide not to impose his feelings in order to write without sentimentality. John Barton | Refcard PDF
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    The point of an experiment is not to arrive at a predetermined end point, to prove or disprove anything, but to deliver a poem that reveals much about the process taken. John Barton | Refcard PDF
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    The reader's challenge is to replicate the experiment by reading the poem and to draw their own conclusions. John Barton | Refcard PDF
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    To me many short poems read and write like beginnings that simply whet my appetite; I want to get over that. John Barton | Refcard PDF
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    We are comfortable with the fact that we cannot know personally what happened in the world before we were born, yet we are uncomfortable with the notion that we will stop engaging with time at some point in the future. John Barton | Refcard PDF
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    Who is the ideal reader? God only knows. John Barton | Refcard PDF
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    Writing can sometimes be exploitative. I like to take a few steps of remove in order to respect the privacy of the subject. If readers make the link, they have engaged with the poem. John Barton | Refcard PDF
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    You can never step into the same book twice, because you are different each time you read it. John Barton | Refcard PDF






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