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The experiment of the poem is mostly intuitive. I write the first draft, pulling in the various elements that interest me, in the hope that their being combined will lead to some kind of insight. John Barton#Being 67
John Barton#Being 67
A literary journal is intended to connect writer with reader; the role of the editor is to mediate. John Barton#Connect 66
John Barton#Connect 66
The community of poets I belong to is not as close as it used to be, if only for the fact that our lives have become busier: jobs, children, and the like. John Barton#Become 66
John Barton#Become 66
The point of an experiment is not to arrive at a predetermined end point, to prove or disprove anything, but to deliver a poem that reveals much about the process taken. John Barton#Anything 65
John Barton#Anything 65
Sometimes poetry is inspired by the conversation entered into by reading other poems. John Barton#Poetry 57
John Barton#Poetry 57
Most victims of my autobiographical verse are either far too polite, remarkably understanding unaware that I have written poems about them. John Barton#Autobiographical 56
John Barton#Autobiographical 56
Who is the ideal reader? God only knows. John Barton#God 55
John Barton#God 55
To me many short poems read and write like beginnings that simply whet my appetite; I want to get over that. John Barton#Appetite 55
John Barton#Appetite 55
Some readers allow their prejudices to blind them. A good reader knows how to disregard inappropriate responses. John Barton#Allow 51
John Barton#Allow 51
Poetry is but another form of inquiry into the nature of phenomena, using with its own unique procedures and tools. John Barton#Another 46
John Barton#Another 46
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