Cate Marvin Famous Quotes & Sayings

30 Cate Marvin Famous Sayings, Quotes and Quotation.

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I think with my blood. Cate Marvin Sayings: I think with my blood.
I have no precise idea of who makes up my readership. I'm surprised when I discover people have read my poems at all. Cate Marvin Sayings: I have no precise idea of who makes up my readership. I'm surprised when I
I've just always loved animals. So I've often thought that if I weren't a writer I'd work for some nonprofit organization that does something positive for animals. Cate Marvin Sayings: I've just always loved animals. So I've often thought that if I weren't a writer
Because I wake up late, my day is often short. I'm much more active in the evenings, during which I alternately read, write, needle-point, smoke, email, and despair over my decision last June to put my television and DVD player out on the street because I wasn't getting enough work done. Cate Marvin Sayings: Because I wake up late, my day is often short. I'm much more active in
I encourage my students to be honest in their assessment of both the published work we read and the work of their classmates. I think there's always the occasion for discussing elements of craft, whether the student's poem is terrible or quite wonderful. Cate Marvin Sayings: I encourage my students to be honest in their assessment of both the published work
When asked what I'd be if I weren't a writer, I'm tempted to respond with one of father's favorite phrases, one I despised while growing up: "I hate 'what-ifs.'" Cate Marvin Sayings: When asked what I'd be if I weren't a writer, I'm tempted to respond with
Place is extremely important to my work because I am always pulling landscape imagery into my poems. Cate Marvin Sayings: Place is extremely important to my work because I am always pulling landscape imagery into
The fiction writer has a lot of balls to juggle. Setting, pacing, dialogue, and so on. And let's not forget: plot. That was always a hard one for me. And I always had this spastic tendency to wrap up a story before I'd seen it the whole way through, a sort of writer's pre-ejaculatory tendency: "The End!" Cate Marvin Sayings: The fiction writer has a lot of balls to juggle. Setting, pacing, dialogue, and so
One of the reasons poetry is such an amazing genre to work with is because it constantly reinvents itself and re-negotiates its terms with the reader. Cate Marvin Sayings: One of the reasons poetry is such an amazing genre to work with is because
I consider poetry my vocation, not my "career." My career is as a university professor; that's what pays the bills. Cate Marvin Sayings: I consider poetry my vocation, not my "career." My career is as a university professor;
My day does not truly begin until I've acquired and consumed a 32-ounce Big Gulp of diet coke from 7-Eleven. It's the Big Gulp that's important, not 7-Eleven, where I find the employees rather disagreeable. Cate Marvin Sayings: My day does not truly begin until I've acquired and consumed a 32-ounce Big Gulp
I place a lot of emphasis on process and revision because I believe that all of my students can become better writers through hard work. Cate Marvin Sayings: I place a lot of emphasis on process and revision because I believe that all
I prefer poems that occupy an imaginative sphere. When I lived in Cincinnati, I was occasionally referred to as an "Ohio Poet;" this made me uneasy, not only because I think of myself as a generally American poet but also because I like to think I write out of the country of my own mind. Cate Marvin Sayings: I prefer poems that occupy an imaginative sphere. When I lived in Cincinnati, I was
One cannot have "success" in poetry. If I wanted to be successful, I'd have become a lawyer. Cate Marvin Sayings: One cannot have "success" in poetry. If I wanted to be successful, I'd have become
It takes a certain kind of mind to narrate, to work through character motivation, to be unforgiving to one's writer-self when it comes down to creating the minutiae of detail. Writing fiction requires stamina, a sense of how people's lives work, how people work toward and against one another and, above all, precision. Cate Marvin Sayings: It takes a certain kind of mind to narrate, to work through character motivation, to
When fiction writers like my poems I feel like I've hit the jackpot. Cate Marvin Sayings: When fiction writers like my poems I feel like I've hit the jackpot.
I love teaching poetry writing. Students come into the class thinking poetry has to be one way, then leave having created pieces that are wholly original, that have - quite literally - never been made before. Cate Marvin Sayings: I love teaching poetry writing. Students come into the class thinking poetry has to be
Some poems take two to three years to finish. Rarely, a poem will arrive whole. It's nice when that happens. However, process has become so grueling for me over the past few years that when one of my students uses the word "inspiration" I practically shriek with laughter. Cate Marvin Sayings: Some poems take two to three years to finish. Rarely, a poem will arrive whole.
Different drinks have different metaphorical weight. Wine's heady, gin is poisonous, vodka's cold, and beer is plain boring. In real life, I'm a big fan of boxed white wine, much to the dismay of my more refined friends. Cate Marvin Sayings: Different drinks have different metaphorical weight. Wine's heady, gin is poisonous, vodka's cold, and beer
There IS a difference between poetry and prose! Poems should be sonically charged and new to the ear. Cate Marvin Sayings: There IS a difference between poetry and prose! Poems should be sonically charged and new
I admire the poetic relationship to place as enacted in Wallace Stevens' poems; his poetics strikes me as an argument against the restraints of realism. Cate Marvin Sayings: I admire the poetic relationship to place as enacted in Wallace Stevens' poems; his poetics
We lay our words like tenuous plats, build a bridge over its
unsinkable depth: Not a sea of longing,
but the brack of wanting what's physical
to help us forget we are physical.
Cate Marvin Sayings: We lay our words like tenuous plats, build a bridge over itsunsinkable depth: Not a
I find the elitism and blatant provincialism of many (Manhattan-based) New Yorkers unattractive. Just as place can be an identity crutch that helps a person feel individual, place can be a crutch in poetry. Cate Marvin Sayings: I find the elitism and blatant provincialism of many (Manhattan-based) New Yorkers unattractive. Just as
New York is one of those places people tend to derive a sense of identity from - as if, were to you to remove them from the City, they'd turn limp and colorless. Cate Marvin Sayings: New York is one of those places people tend to derive a sense of identity
I do believe that one's writing life needs to be kept separate from Po-Biz. Personally, I deal with this by not attending too many poetry readings, primarily reading dead poets or poems in translation, reading Poets & Writers only once for grant/contest information before I quickly dispose of it, and not reading Poetry Daily. Ever. Cate Marvin Sayings: I do believe that one's writing life needs to be kept separate from Po-Biz. Personally,
The cool thing about having a book is that it takes on its own life. Once it's in the world, you can't follow it. You'd have to have a pretty fantastic surveillance system to track its migration. Cate Marvin Sayings: The cool thing about having a book is that it takes on its own life.
I like it when poems are challenging, when they concern matters important and personal to the author. Cate Marvin Sayings: I like it when poems are challenging, when they concern matters important and personal to
I am like a table
that eats its own legs off
because it's fallen
in love with the floor.
Cate Marvin Sayings: I am like a table that eats its own legs off because it's fallen in
To think of writing poetry as a "career" is not only ridiculous, it's dangerous. To the imagination. To the way one thinks of art. The reason poetry as a genre is so special is because it cannot be made a commodity. Cate Marvin Sayings: To think of writing poetry as a "career" is not only ridiculous, it's dangerous. To
Confessional poetry is, to my mind, more slippery than poems that are sloppily autobiographical; I find the confessional mode much more akin to dramatic monologue. Cate Marvin Sayings: Confessional poetry is, to my mind, more slippery than poems that are sloppily autobiographical; I