Monday, May 9

Poetry quote - Charles Simic

"Recalling what it was like to work as a painter was useful for when I was editing my poems. I'd remember, for example, how much red I'd want to use in a painting, or even when I’d have to paint over the damn thing. And there are some obvious parallels there with editing. Early on I wouldn’t know when to leave a poem alone, which is a real problem but, perhaps, having some of the instincts of the painter proved useful there."

Simic is a Serbian-American poet who in 2007 was appointed
Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress.
Source: Wolf Magazine, Issue 24