I've written a few monster posts lately...great long rambling beasts...so I thought maybe it was time for a few quick quotations instead. Here are a few snippets that have caught my mind lately.
From Scottish poet Mick Imlah (1956-2009), quoted in his obituary in the 'Independent':
“...to write verse effectively I think you have to be practically unconscious with inspiration”
“poetry should at least try to be exciting to read”.
John Updike (1932-2009) on writing (seen posted in a comment by Fantastic Forrest on Dave King's Pics and Poems):
"The essential support and encouragement comes from within, arising out of the mad notion that your society needs to know what only you can tell it."
From the still-living Don Paterson's first book of aphorisms 'The Book of Shadows' (Picador 2004):
“The men and women who could change everything - Nature has sensibly cursed with sloth; they accomplish nothing but tabletalk and bitwork. The mediocrities found their cities everywhere.”
“Technically, speech is a very complicated form of song."
“No email for an hour. The bastards.”
I could quote that book all week and indeed I may well be quoting it again soon. You should buy your own copies though because it's worth every penny of the birthday book token I spent on it last week. In fact have this one too...how could I not mention it?
“Exclams are for hysterics. Ellipses are for sensitives. Colons are for bullies. Please: can we have all the punctuation, or none ...”
And finally...one of my very favourite moments from a film (and if you don't know the film then you should!). I think maybe even the marvellous Mr Paterson might like it (how dare I assume he would like anything?! And me with my devil-may-care punctuation!...). It may be a bit out of synch but you'll get the idea:
More rambling another time.
2 hours ago