Li-Young Lee Quotes on Poetry


“…the poem isn’t a meeting of form, an agenda, but it is an unfolding, a discovery.”

“So I don’t think we should ask the same kind of logic and understanding of poems that we do of life. I think I’m moving in a different element when I’m reading or writing poems. I don’t ask the same things of them.”

“For me, so much of poetry and the making of poetry have to do with a willingness to wait for something to yield itself.”

“Sometimes that’s the whole point: to be full of longing, of desire, to be waiting.”

Li-Young Lee

(Drawing: 17 Nov ’62 by Anne Truitt)

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