James Tate Famous Quotes & Sayings

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24 James Tate Famous Sayings, Quotes and Quotation.

James Tate Sayings: A Knock On The Door They ask me if I've ever thought about the end A Knock On The Door

They ask me if I've ever thought about the end of
the world, and I say, "Come in, come in, let me
give you some lunch, for God's sake." After a few
bites it's the afterlife they want to talk about.
"Ouch," I say, "did you see that grape leaf
skeletonizer?" Then they're talking about
redemption and the chosen few sitting right by
His side. "Doing what?" I ask. "Just sitting?" I
am surrounded by burned up zombies. "Let's
have some lemon chiffon pie I bought yesterday
at the 3 Dog Bakery." But they want to talk about
my soul. I'm getting drowsy and see butterflies
everywhere. "Would you gentlemen like to take a
nap, I know I would." They stand and back away
from me, out the door, walking toward my
neighbors, a black cloud over their heads and
they see nothing without end.
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James Tate Sayings: When people start talking about enjambment and line endings, I always shut them up. This When people start talking about enjambment and line endings, I always shut them up. This is not something to talk about, this is a private matter, it's up to the poet.
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James Tate Sayings: I love my funny poems, but I'd rather break your heart. And if I can I love my funny poems, but I'd rather break your heart. And if I can do both in the same poem, that's the best.
James Tate Sayings: William Waltz will take me through 'the buzz and clamor in a forest of hearts.' William Waltz will take me through 'the buzz and clamor in a forest of hearts.' Adventures in the Lost Interiors of America is an adventure, I will go on this adventure with Waltz as a skillful, faithful, compass-true guide. I love this book.
James Tate Sayings: I don't think you can define how you acquire your imagination any more than you I don't think you can define how you acquire your imagination any more than you can define why one person has a sense of humor and another doesn't. But I certainly would lean to the side that says all those solitary hours of daydreaming were a kind of training for poetry.
James Tate Sayings: I was just sitting on my bed in a dormitory room, and I started writing. I was just sitting on my bed in a dormitory room, and I started writing. The thing that was magic about it was that once you put down one word, you could cross it out. I figured that out right away. I put down 'mountain,' and then I'd go, 'No - 'valley.' That's better.'
James Tate Sayings: He is being nibbled to death by ducks.--More Later, Less the Same He is being nibbled to death by ducks.

--More Later, Less the Same
James Tate Sayings: I am not a part of this home any longer. I am a tiny thing I am not a part of this home any longer. I am a tiny thing created by indifferent scientists. I am an experiment, a mechanical bee placed near the hive. The real bees were happy being bees until I came along and gave them all the false information that destroyed their little lives.
James Tate Sayings: almost exquisite, the slight madness almost exquisite, the slight madness
James Tate Sayings: I like to start with the ordinary, and then nudge it, and then think, 'What I like to start with the ordinary, and then nudge it, and then think, 'What happens next, what happens next?'
James Tate Sayings: The challenge is always to find the ultimate in the ordinary horseshit. The challenge is always to find the ultimate in the ordinary horseshit.
James Tate Sayings: When you don't sleep, you start to hallucinate, and that's not good. When you don't sleep, you start to hallucinate, and that's not good.
James Tate Sayings: Hands full of sand,I say: take this,this is what I have saved;I earned this with Hands full of sand,
I say: take this,
this is what I have saved;
I earned this with my genius,
and because I love you...

Take this, hurry.
I am dropping everything
and then I listened:
I was not saying anything;
out of all that had gone into
the composition of the language
and what I knew of it
I had chiselled these words
- take this, hurry-
and you could not hear me.
I had said nothing.
And then I am leaving,

making ready to go to another street,
when you, mingled between sleep
and delirium, turned

and handed me an empty sack:
Take this, my friend;
I am not coming back.
The ghost of a flower poised on your lip
James Tate Sayings: Jesus got up one day a little later than usual. He had been dreaming so Jesus got up one day a little later than usual. He had been dreaming so deep there was nothing left in his head. What was it? A nightmare, dead bodies walking all around him, eyes rolled back, skin falling off. But he wasn't afraid of that. It was a beautiful day. How 'bout some coffee? Don't mind if I do. Take a little ride on my donkey, I love that donkey. Hell, I love everybody.
James Tate Sayings: Something should always change in a poem. The persona should learn something. Something should always change in a poem. The persona should learn something.
James Tate Sayings: Poetry is everywhere; it just needs editing. Poetry is everywhere; it just needs editing.
James Tate Sayings: They didn't have much troubleteaching the ape to write poems:first they strapped him into a They didn't have much trouble
teaching the ape to write poems:
first they strapped him into a chair,
then tied the pencil around his hand
(the paper had already been nailed down).
Then Dr. Bluespire leaned over his shoulder
and whispered into his ear:
'You look like a god sitting there.
Why don't you try writing something?
James Tate Sayings: Everybody who was anybody seemed to be going to a meeting, the glowworm, who was Everybody who was anybody seemed to be going to a meeting, the glowworm, who was a solipsist, the lemur who was not.
James Tate Sayings: If you laughed earlier in the poem, and I bring you close to tears in If you laughed earlier in the poem, and I bring you close to tears in the end, that's the best.
James Tate Sayings: In You Are Not Dead Wendy Xu breaks all the old rules that have never In You Are Not Dead Wendy Xu breaks all the old rules that have never done us any favors anyway. She writes beautifully, noticing who we are, and letting us see ourselves with a little more humanity, a little more humor, a little more humility. I'm happy to have read this book.
James Tate Sayings: I can't know entirely what's at stake beforehand; you find out as you go. I I can't know entirely what's at stake beforehand; you find out as you go. I love to take a poem, for instance, that starts with something seemingly frivolous or inconsequential and then grows in gravity until by the end it's something very serious.
James Tate Sayings: Having gray hair doesn't matterbut having gray matter matters. Having gray hair doesn't matter
but having gray matter matters.
James Tate Sayings: Dust is watching life's talk show. Dust is watching life's talk show.
James Tate Sayings: I couldn't even picture Mavis's face anymore. It was sad. She was being erased. I I couldn't even picture Mavis's face anymore. It was sad. She was being erased. I wanted to put my finger on her forehead, but there was nothing there.