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Robert Morgan Quotes: "It was less a literary thing than a linguistic, philosophical preoccupation... discovering how far you can go with language to create immediate, elementary experience."

It was less a literary thing than a linguistic, philosophical preoccupation... discovering how far you can go with language to create immediate, elementary experience.




Robert Morgan Quotes: "I have taught students from the New York City area so long I have a special affinity and rapport with them. It surprises me sometimes that there are students from anywhere else."

I have taught students from the New York City area so long I have a special affinity and rapport with them. It surprises me sometimes that there are students from anywhere else.




Robert Morgan Quotes: "Distance not only gives nostalgia, but perspective, and maybe objectivity."

Distance not only gives nostalgia, but perspective, and maybe objectivity.



Robert Morgan Quotes: "A lot of my students are Asian-American, and it has been thrilling to watch them break through the stereotypes into something alive and surprising."

A lot of my students are Asian-American, and it has been thrilling to watch them break through the stereotypes into something alive and surprising.




Robert Morgan Quotes: "Maybe the example of Southern fiction writing has been so powerful that Southern poets have sort of keyed themselves to that."

Maybe the example of Southern fiction writing has been so powerful that Southern poets have sort of keyed themselves to that.



Robert Morgan Quotes: "I seem to keep returning to my father in poems because his personality was so extreme, so driven. He did everything to excess."

I seem to keep returning to my father in poems because his personality was so extreme, so driven. He did everything to excess.



Robert Morgan Quotes: "Fiction is about intimacy with characters, events, places."

Fiction is about intimacy with characters, events, places.




Robert Morgan Quotes: "Some people want to call me an Appalachian writer, even though I know some people use regional labels to belittle."

Some people want to call me an Appalachian writer, even though I know some people use regional labels to belittle.



Robert Morgan Quotes: "The young people have MTV and rock and roll. Why would they go to read poetry? Poetry belongs to the Stone Age. It awakens in us perceptions that go back to those times."

The young people have MTV and rock and roll. Why would they go to read poetry? Poetry belongs to the Stone Age. It awakens in us perceptions that go back to those times.



Robert Morgan Quotes: "If a poem is not memorable, there's probably something wrong. One of the problems of free verse is that much of the free verse poetry is not memorable."

If a poem is not memorable, there's probably something wrong. One of the problems of free verse is that much of the free verse poetry is not memorable.



Robert Morgan Quotes: "I think that it's more likely that in my 60s and 70s I will be writing poetry rather than fiction."

I think that it's more likely that in my 60s and 70s I will be writing poetry rather than fiction.



Robert Morgan Quotes: "I learned to impersonate the kind of person that talks about poetry. It comes from teaching, I think."

I learned to impersonate the kind of person that talks about poetry. It comes from teaching, I think.




Robert Morgan Quotes: "The great watershed of modern poetry is French, more than English."

The great watershed of modern poetry is French, more than English.



Robert Morgan Quotes: "A poem in form still has to have voice, gesture, a sense of discovery, a metaphoric connection, as any poetry does."

A poem in form still has to have voice, gesture, a sense of discovery, a metaphoric connection, as any poetry does.



Robert Morgan Quotes: "I don't think poetry is something that can be taught. We can encourage young writers, but what you can't teach them is the very essence of poetry."

I don't think poetry is something that can be taught. We can encourage young writers, but what you can't teach them is the very essence of poetry.



Robert Morgan Quotes: "I don't think the creative writing industry has helped American poetry."

I don't think the creative writing industry has helped American poetry.



Robert Morgan Quotes: "I don't think American poetry has gotten any better in the past 35 years. Oddly enough, creative writing programs seem to have been good for fiction, and I would not have predicted that."

I don't think American poetry has gotten any better in the past 35 years. Oddly enough, creative writing programs seem to have been good for fiction, and I would not have predicted that.



Robert Morgan Quotes: "One of the most powerful devices is to distort time, to go from human time to atomic time, geologic time. Sometimes you can actually accomplish that, with one unexpected word choice."

One of the most powerful devices is to distort time, to go from human time to atomic time, geologic time. Sometimes you can actually accomplish that, with one unexpected word choice.



Robert Morgan Quotes: "Southern poets are still writing narrative poems, poems in forms, dramatic poems."

Southern poets are still writing narrative poems, poems in forms, dramatic poems.



Robert Morgan Quotes: "I encourage students to pursue an idea far enough so they can see what the cliches and stereotypes are. Only then do they begin to hit pay dirt."

I encourage students to pursue an idea far enough so they can see what the cliches and stereotypes are. Only then do they begin to hit pay dirt.



Robert Morgan Quotes: "I considered going to film school; I took a course in film and was very interested in filmmaking as well as film writing."

I considered going to film school; I took a course in film and was very interested in filmmaking as well as film writing.



Robert Morgan Quotes: "I love to create interesting textures with language. You can do it as long as it seems like a discovery."

I love to create interesting textures with language. You can do it as long as it seems like a discovery.



Robert Morgan Quotes: "Teaching writing over the years intrudes on your own writing in important ways, taking away some of the excitement of poetry."

Teaching writing over the years intrudes on your own writing in important ways, taking away some of the excitement of poetry.



Robert Morgan Quotes: "The decision to write in prose instead of poetry is made more by the readers than by writers. Almost no one is interested in reading narrative in verse."

The decision to write in prose instead of poetry is made more by the readers than by writers. Almost no one is interested in reading narrative in verse.



Robert Morgan Quotes: "The fact that something is in a rhymed form or in blank verse will not make it good poetry."

The fact that something is in a rhymed form or in blank verse will not make it good poetry.



Robert Morgan Quotes: "I tell students they will know they are getting somewhere when a scene is so painful they can just barely bring themselves to write about it. A writer has to draw blood."

I tell students they will know they are getting somewhere when a scene is so painful they can just barely bring themselves to write about it. A writer has to draw blood.



Robert Morgan Quotes: "When you have an idea for a story, you want those characters to reach as many people as you can. I think you normally think of prose as a way of doing that. It fits our time, the culture."

When you have an idea for a story, you want those characters to reach as many people as you can. I think you normally think of prose as a way of doing that. It fits our time, the culture.



Robert Morgan Quotes: "In the best fiction, the language itself can become almost invisible."

In the best fiction, the language itself can become almost invisible.



Robert Morgan Quotes: "Part of what we love about poetry is the fact that it seems ancient, that it has an authority of ancient language and ancient form, and that it's timeless, that it reaches back."

Part of what we love about poetry is the fact that it seems ancient, that it has an authority of ancient language and ancient form, and that it's timeless, that it reaches back.



Robert Morgan Quotes: "The idea of avant-garde art is a very suspicious thing to me, the idea that poetry is new and it keeps being new the way Chevrolets every year are new."

The idea of avant-garde art is a very suspicious thing to me, the idea that poetry is new and it keeps being new the way Chevrolets every year are new.



Robert Morgan Quotes: "Our most famous writers are Faulkner and Eudora Welty and Flannery O'Connor. It would make sense that the poetry would reflect some of those same values, some of the same techniques."

Our most famous writers are Faulkner and Eudora Welty and Flannery O'Connor. It would make sense that the poetry would reflect some of those same values, some of the same techniques.



Robert Morgan Quotes: "Alchemy is the art of far and near, and I think poetry is alchemy in that way. It's delightful to distort size, to see something that's tiny as though it were vast."

Alchemy is the art of far and near, and I think poetry is alchemy in that way. It's delightful to distort size, to see something that's tiny as though it were vast.



Robert Morgan Quotes: "Pound's translation of Chinese poetry was maybe the most important thing I read. Eliot a little bit later."

Pound's translation of Chinese poetry was maybe the most important thing I read. Eliot a little bit later.



Robert Morgan Quotes: "I did not have a very literary background. I came to poetry from the sciences and mathematics, and also through an interest in Japanese and Chinese poetry in translation."

I did not have a very literary background. I came to poetry from the sciences and mathematics, and also through an interest in Japanese and Chinese poetry in translation.



Robert Morgan Quotes: "Among the American contemporaries I read with most enjoyment are several North Carolinians. I think the best poetry being written these days is being written by Southerners."

Among the American contemporaries I read with most enjoyment are several North Carolinians. I think the best poetry being written these days is being written by Southerners.



Robert Morgan Quotes: "The Language Poets are writing only about language itself. The Ashbery poets are writing only about poetry itself. That seems to me a kind of dead end."

The Language Poets are writing only about language itself. The Ashbery poets are writing only about poetry itself. That seems to me a kind of dead end.



Robert Morgan Quotes: "Poetry, almost by definition, calls attention to its language and form."

Poetry, almost by definition, calls attention to its language and form.



Robert Morgan Quotes: "Some people swear by writing courses, but whether it really helps American poetry, I have doubts."

Some people swear by writing courses, but whether it really helps American poetry, I have doubts.



Robert Morgan Quotes: "One of the most powerful devices of poetry is the use of distortions. You can go from talking about the way a minute passes to the way a century passes, or a lifetime."

One of the most powerful devices of poetry is the use of distortions. You can go from talking about the way a minute passes to the way a century passes, or a lifetime.



Robert Morgan Quotes: "What actually makes poetry poetry is of course impossible to define. We recognize it when we hear it, when we see it, but we can't define it."

What actually makes poetry poetry is of course impossible to define. We recognize it when we hear it, when we see it, but we can't define it.



Robert Morgan Quotes: "Philip Larkin has a tough honesty and sense of humor that I find irresistible, as a contemporary poet."

Philip Larkin has a tough honesty and sense of humor that I find irresistible, as a contemporary poet.



Robert Morgan Quotes: "I write as a way of keeping myself going. You build your life around writing, and it's what gets you through. So it's partly just curiosity to see what you can do."

I write as a way of keeping myself going. You build your life around writing, and it's what gets you through. So it's partly just curiosity to see what you can do.



Robert Morgan Quotes: "Neither of my parents has been very sensitive about my writing."

Neither of my parents has been very sensitive about my writing.



Robert Morgan Quotes: "We have a lot of long narrative poems written in the 20th century, but they're not very well known, and they're not read by very many people."

We have a lot of long narrative poems written in the 20th century, but they're not very well known, and they're not read by very many people.



Robert Morgan Quotes: "The Black Mountain poet I like most is the early Creeley. Those early poems seem very lyrical and very traditional, with a lot of voice and character."

The Black Mountain poet I like most is the early Creeley. Those early poems seem very lyrical and very traditional, with a lot of voice and character.



Robert Morgan Quotes: "One of the biggest changes that ever occurred in my life was going from the isolation of working part-time as a house painter in Henderson County, to Cornell, where everybody was a literary person."

One of the biggest changes that ever occurred in my life was going from the isolation of working part-time as a house painter in Henderson County, to Cornell, where everybody was a literary person.



Robert Morgan Quotes: "In the late 60s and early 70s, I did get interested in voices, and in narration and embodying the voice, making the poem sound like a real person talking."

In the late 60s and early 70s, I did get interested in voices, and in narration and embodying the voice, making the poem sound like a real person talking.



Robert Morgan Quotes: "Young writers find their first audience in little magazines, and experimental writers find their only audience there."

Young writers find their first audience in little magazines, and experimental writers find their only audience there.



Robert Morgan Quotes: "Young writers only take off when they find their subjects. Since almost everyone has a family and stories about family, that is often a place to start."

Young writers only take off when they find their subjects. Since almost everyone has a family and stories about family, that is often a place to start.