Video: Poetic Inspiration
Rachel Eliza Griffiths discusses the inspiration behind her poetry collection Mule & Pear (New Issues, 2011), which gives voice to characters in books by Toni Morrison, Jean Toomer, and Alice Walker, at Poets Forum this past October in New York City.
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In December, we asked you to share with us those lines of poetry that sustain you throughout the year. Thank you to the hundreds of you who did. Here are a few excerpts from poems that many of you return to again and again.
"I learn by going where I have to go."
--From "The Waking" by Theodore Roethke
"Do what you are going to do, and I will tell about it."
--From "I Go Back to May 1937" by Sharon Olds
"All goes onward and outward, nothing collapses,
And to die is different from what any one supposed, and luckier."
--From "Song of Myself" by Walt Whitman
"I am filled with things seen for the last time"
--From "Eurydice Saved" by Linda Gregg