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my little orange book of poetic quotes

November 13, 2015

My ideas for a title keep lengthening — latest is, Interesting & Poetic Thoughts, Ideas, and Images. Obviously, something pithier would be better, but titles are so hard.

Anyway, into this little notebook, I’ve handwritten all the Interesting & Poetic Thoughts, Ideas, and Images, that I was previously collecting in my poetry notebooks, and on scraps of paper.

Today, I numbered all the pages (n = 160).

I began Volume 1 by assigning 3 pages to most letters; I & J share pages, as do U & V, and X, Y, & Z. The remaining pages were left blank, but several have now been assigned to people who needed dedicated pages.

{Those in italics are people I’ve interacted with online.}

= = =

A

  1. Abram, David
  2. Anderson, Maggie
  3. Arp, Jean
  4. Ashbery, John
  5. Atwood, Margaret
  6. Awiakta, Maureen

B

  1. Bantock, Nick
  2. Bauermeister, Erica
  3. Beaumont, E. P.
  4. Bedford, Sybille
  5. Berberova, Nina
  6. Bereś, Stanislaw
  7. Bishop, Elizabeth
  8. Bly, Robert
  9. Bousquet, Joë
  10. Bracho, Coral
  11. Breton, André
  12. Bronk, William
  13. Brooks, Havi
  14. Brown, Andy
  15. Bunting, Basil

C

  1. Cecire, Maria Sachiko
  2. Clampitt, Amy
  3. Collins, Billy
  4. Covino, Peter
  5. Cummings, E. E.

D

  1. D’Erasmo, Stacey
  2. Deavey, John
  3. Deming, Alison Hawthorne
  4. Dickinson, Michael
  5. DiFranco, Ani
  6. Disch, Tom
  7. Duffy, Nikolai

E

  1. Elwell, Sarah

 

F

  1. Fayt, Diana
  2. Forché, Carolyn

 

G

  1. Gaspar, Frank X.
  2. George, Nina
  3. Goldbarth, Albert
  4. Graham, Martha
  5. Graham, Maryemma
  6. Grosholz, Emily
  7. Grunigen, Jenn
  8. Gutiérrez, Cindy Williams
  9. Guzmán, Roy

H

  1. Hass, Robert
  2. Haupt, Lyanda Lynn
  3. Heaney, Seamus
  4. Hemingway, Ernest
  5. Hoagland, Tony
  6. Hoffman, Roald
  7. Huidobro, Vicente

I

  1. Ignatieff, Michael

 

J

  1. Jamie, Kathleen
  2. Jarrell, Randall

K

  1. Kazin, Alfred
  2. Kenko
  3. Kidd, Sue Monk
  4. Kolodny, Susan
  5. Komunyakaa, Yusef

L

  1. Langford, Beth
  2. Le Guin, Ursula
  3. Lehóczky, Ágnes
  4. Lewis, Sinclair
  5. Littlewood, Richard
  6. Lowell, Robert
  7. Lupinetti, Flavian Mark
  8. Lyon, George Ella

M

  1. Mason, Bobbie Ann
  2. McCullers, Carson
  3. McLane, Maureen N.
  4. Moir, Korice
  5. Morgan, Robert
  6. Mort, Helen
  7. Mueller, Lisel
  8. Mullen, Harryette

N

  1. Nemerov, Howard
  2. Neuman, Andrés
  3. Niedecker, Lorine

O

  1. Okore, Nnema
  2. Olds, Sharon
  3. Osundare, Niyi

P

  1. Plumly, Stanley
  2. Ponsot, Marie
  3. Prince-Hughes, Dawn
  4. Proust, Marcel

R

  1. Reckin, Anna
  2. Richardson, Susan
  3. Robinson, Edwin Arlington
  4. Rogers, Pattiann
  5. Rothenberg, David
  6. Roy, Lucinda
  7. Ryan, Kay

S

  1. Saknussemm, Kris
  2. Sanders, Scott Russell
  3. Schumacher, Matt
  4. Schwartz, Mimi
  5. Shaw, Clare
  6. Sholl, Betsy
  7. Silano, Martha
  8. Sinclair, Bennie Lee
  9. Šlaitas, Vlada
  10. Smith, Jessica
  11. Smith, Lee
  12. Snyder, Gary
  13. Spratley, Danielle
  14. Stevens, Wallace
  15. Stone, Ruth
  16. Strayed, Cheryl
  17. Sutherland, Elizabeth
  18. Swenson, May

T

  1. Tarnoff, Ben
  2. Thalman, Mark
  3. Tzara, Tristan

U

  1. Ungaritti, Giuseppe

 

V

  1. Van Landingham, Corey
  2. Venclova, Tomas

W

  1. Walcott, Derek
  2. Waldrop, Rosmarie
  3. Walker, Jeanne Murray
  4. Warren, Lynne
  5. Wetzsteon, Rachel
  6. Wilbur, Richard
  7. Wilkins, Bishop
  8. Wooldridge, Susan Goldsmith
  9. Wright, Charles

 

People with dedicated pages:

  1. Bell, Marvin
  2. Halberstadt, Anna
  3. Hendrix, Jimi
  4. High, Ellesa Clay
  5. Hirshfield, Jane
  6. Kuusisto, Stephen
  7. Lemberg, Rose
  8. Miłosz, Czesław
  9. Neruda, Pablo
  10. Tranströmer, Tomas

 

So, total n = 136

Of the genders I’m (reasonably) sure of, 65 are men, 70 are women, and (at least) 1 person is nonbinary.

I’ve interacted with 8 of them online.

+++

Edited to add:

People referenced in the quotes include:

  1. Budberg, Baroness Moura
  2. Calder, Alexander
  3. Chatwin, Bruce
  4. Herbert, Zbigniew
  5. Herbst, Josephine
  6. Kandinsky, Wassily
  7. Kunitz, Stanley
  8. Kusumoto, Mariko
  9. Lowell, Harriet
  10. Walker, Margaret

Of which, half are women and half are men.

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