Quote 4: Ted Kooser

“The Industrial Revolution did not reach imaginative writing until recently, and today black clouds of soot belch from the smokestacks over the creative writing schools. Poems get manufactured and piled on the loading docks where many of them rot for lack of transport. Wouldn’t we all be better off if there wasn’t such an emphasis on productivity?

“At a party, I once heard a woman say that it was “criminal” that Harper Lee had written only the one novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. What peculiar expectations we’ve developed for our writers! “Criminal?” We ought to be thankful Lee used her time to write her book as perfectly as she could, that she didn’t rush a lot of half-finished books into print.

“So just relax. There’s plenty of time to do your writing well and, if you’re lucky, to make a poem or two that might make a difference.”

-Ted Kooser, The Poetry Home Repair Manual, pg. 148

Note: This is only a small bit of the good in this book.

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