Poetry Quotes: Publishing

Publishing a volume of verse is like dropping a rose-petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo. ~Don Marquis

There’s no money in poetry, but then there’s no poetry in money, either. ~Robert Graves, 1962 interview on BBC-TV, based on a very similar statement he overheard around 1955

A poet can survive anything but a misprint. ~Oscar Wilde

It is a sad fact about our culture that a poet can earn much more money writing or talking about his art than he can by practicing it. ~W.H. Auden

A sold poem loses half its meaning. ~Terri Guillemets

It has been truly said that though the printer’s ink should dry up, ten thousand melodious tongues would preserve the songs of [Robert] Burns to remote generations. ~William Cunningham, “The Immortal Memory of Robert Burns,” 1859

Before men ever wrote in clay they cast their words in verse and line, rhythmbound in poets’ minds, defying time and age. ~David J. Beard (1947–2016), tweet, 2009 June 12th

The nostalgic point is that this recalls the vanished days when there was a market for poetry and, while the stuff didn’t pay well by any standards, still it was possible for an ink-stained wretch to make a couple of hundred dollars a year. And in those days, when summer jobs were scarce, that often made it possible for me to take the summer off and engage in nothing more strenuous than writing more poetry. ~Gerald Raftery (1905–1986), “The poetry in my past,” If I May Say So, The Bennington Banner, 1974 November 4th