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Daphne Gottlieb, American Poet ( - )

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I write to make sense of things that don't make sense to me.~Daphne Gottlieb


Me Sense Write

I think that I have less conviction than ever that poetry matters - that poetry changes or saves anything or anyone. But, in fact, that's tremendously freeing. If it doesn't matter much, the stakes are lower and you can't really fail. It's insurrection. It's a tiny alphabet revolution. A secret. A psalm.~Daphne Gottlieb


Poetry Changes Revolution

I go through periods of not writing. Until there's something I can't find in the world that I need, so I write.~Daphne Gottlieb


World Writing Find

I'm entranced by the idea of reading the culture back to itself, because I'm conscious that we as people and also as a culture are myth-making machines. So I'm interested in a resistance to that: What we can bend, what we can break.~Daphne Gottlieb


Culture People Reading

I think that hope is the act of continuing in the face of the truth.~Daphne Gottlieb


Hope Truth Think

That's point of writing: building what you need, right?~Daphne Gottlieb


Writing Building You

I go in and out of season. I won't write for months, and then all of a sudden, I'll write like I've got a fever.~Daphne Gottlieb


Go Like Fever

Poetry is a lousy form of activism; it doesn't really change much. And maybe we can point to one or two historical times when a poem has started a revolution or a rebellion or an uprising, but it doesn't happen that often, and if you put the number of poems next to the number of political acts, it would be pretty slim.~Daphne Gottlieb


Change Poetry Political

I was 14 and madly in love for the first time. He was 21. He made me suddenly, unaccustomedly beautiful with his kisses and mix tapes. During the year of elation and longing, he never mentioned that he had a girlfriend who lived across the street.~Daphne Gottlieb


Love Time Beautiful

Love - at least the pair-bonded, prescribed love - does not conquer all.~Daphne Gottlieb


Love Conquer Prescribed