“When I memorize people’s poems, I don’t hesitate to change ’em.”

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At The Paris Review, Anthony Madrid has five interesting complaints related to poetry, including this:

“I don’t understand why no one ever revises the lyrics to songs. There are millions of good songs whose lyrics could use some touching up….

“When I memorize people’s poems, I don’t hesitate to change ’em. I’m not a museum. You write something and it’s got a stanza I don’t like—pook!—I just leave it out. I’m not a documentary. I’m not a museum. I can do whatever I want. It’s my head.”

 – Anthony Madrid – Five Complaints – Paris Review – 5/31/17

It Is with Words as It Is with People
Anthony Madrid
It is with words as it is with people: Actual beauty is rare.
We call things beautiful, not as such, but because of what they mean.
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Because we commonly attribute beauty to whatever does us a favor,
We are reduced to puzzled despair whenever actual beauty says no.

 

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