Poetry Quotes: Subtlety

A poet dares be just so clear and no clearer…. He unzips the veil from beauty, but does not remove it. A poet utterly clear is a trifle glaring. ~E.B. White

A poet must leave traces of his passage, not proof. ~Rene Char

A poet rarely swashes ink
& mainly mists at subtleties
~Terri Guillemets

You can tear a poem apart to see what makes it tick…. You’re back with the mystery of having been moved by words. The best craftsmanship always leaves holes and gaps… so that something that is not in the poem can creep, crawl, flash or thunder in. ~Dylan Thomas, Poetic Manifesto, 1961

A thing Dylan Thomas once said
About poetry haunts me most —
Still echoed derisively
By his sweating, chainsmoking ghost…
~Helen Smith Bevington, “Talk with a Poet,” A Change of Sky

Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance. ~Carl Sandburg

Poetry is the art of substantiating shadows. ~Edmund Burke