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Howard Nemerov quotes: We think about sex obsessively except during the act, when our minds tend to wander. We think about sex obsessively except during the act, when our minds tend to wander.
Howard Nemerov quotes: Writing is like the relationship with your bowels. First you can, then you can't. Finally, you must. Only then should you reach for the paper. Writing is like the relationship with your bowels. First you can, then you can't. Finally, you must. Only then should you reach for the paper.
Howard Nemerov quotes: I would talk in iambic pentameter if it were easier. I would talk in iambic pentameter if it were easier.
Howard Nemerov quotes: Children, to be illustrious is sad. Children, to be illustrious is sad.
Howard Nemerov quotes: The historian is terribly responsible to what he can discern are the facts of the case, but he's nothing if he doesn't make out a case. The historian is terribly responsible to what he can discern are the facts of the case, but he's nothing if he doesn't make out a case.
Howard Nemerov quotes: I've never read a political poem that's accomplished anything. Poetry makes things happen, but rarely what the poet wants. I've never read a political poem that's accomplished anything. Poetry makes things happen, but rarely what the poet wants.
Howard Nemerov quotes: Obvious enough that generalities work to protect the mind from the great outdoors; is it possible that this was in fact their first purpose? Obvious enough that generalities work to protect the mind from the great outdoors; is it possible that this was in fact their first purpose?
Howard Nemerov quotes: The secrets of success are a good wife and a steady job. My wife told me. The secrets of success are a good wife and a steady job. My wife told me.
Howard Nemerov quotes: I've thought of the last line of some poems for years and tried them out, It wouldn't work because the last line was much too beautiful for the poem. I've thought of the last line of some poems for years and tried them out, It wouldn't work because the last line was much too beautiful for the poem.
Howard Nemerov quotes: Robert Frost had always said you mustn't think of the last line first, or it's only a fake poem, not a real one. I'm inclined to agree. Robert Frost had always said you mustn't think of the last line first, or it's only a fake poem, not a real one. I'm inclined to agree.
Howard Nemerov quotes: When I was starting to write, the great influence was T.S. Eliot and after that William Butler Yeats. When I was starting to write, the great influence was T.S. Eliot and after that William Butler Yeats.
Howard Nemerov quotes: Short stories amount for the most part to parlour tricks, party favours with built-in snappers, gadgets for including recognition and reversals Short stories amount for the most part to parlour tricks, party favours with built-in snappers, gadgets for including recognition and reversals
Howard Nemerov quotes: A lot happens by accident in poetry. A lot happens by accident in poetry.
Howard Nemerov quotes: I have a plot, but not much happens. I have a plot, but not much happens.
Howard Nemerov quotes: A teacher is a person who never says anything once. A teacher is a person who never says anything once.
Howard Nemerov quotes: I sometimes talk about the making of a poem within the poem. I sometimes talk about the making of a poem within the poem.
Howard Nemerov quotes: Mostly the thought and the verse come inseparably. In my poem Poetics, it's as close as I come to telling how I do it. Mostly the thought and the verse come inseparably. In my poem Poetics, it's as close as I come to telling how I do it.
Howard Nemerov quotes: Write what you know. That should leave you with a lot of free time. Write what you know. That should leave you with a lot of free time.
Howard Nemerov quotes: [T]eaching has been for me an education (Lord knows what it has been for my students). [T]eaching has been for me an education (Lord knows what it has been for my students).
Howard Nemerov quotes: Shakespeare tells the same stories over and over in so many guises that it takes a long time before you notice. Shakespeare tells the same stories over and over in so many guises that it takes a long time before you notice.
Howard Nemerov quotes: I do insist on making what I hope is sense so there's always a coherent narrative or argument that the reader can follow. I do insist on making what I hope is sense so there's always a coherent narrative or argument that the reader can follow.
Howard Nemerov quotes: A chronicle is very different from history proper. A chronicle is very different from history proper.
Howard Nemerov quotes: When Robert Frost was alive, I was known as the other new England poet, which is to be barely known at all. When Robert Frost was alive, I was known as the other new England poet, which is to be barely known at all.