John Barton Quotes on time

Writing can sometimes be exploitative. I like to take a few steps of remove in order to respect the privacy of the subject. If readers make the link, they have engaged with the poem... view

By: John Barton

Sometimes poetry is inspired by the conversation entered into by reading other poems... view

By: John Barton

The poet must decide not to impose his feelings in order to write without sentimentality... view

By: John Barton

We are comfortable with the fact that we cannot know personally what happened in the world before we were born, yet we are uncomfortable with the notion that we will stop engaging with time at some point in the future... view

By: John Barton

You can never step into the same book twice, because you are different each time you read it... view

By: John Barton

My obsession with time informs my poetry so completely it is hard for me to summarize it. We want time to pass, for new things to happen to us, we want to hold on to certain moments, we don't want our lives to end... view

By: John Barton

I have always been very obsessed with time. Time's passage makes us all very vulnerable and because we all experience it in our own way, it can make us feel very alone... view

By: John Barton

I have become intrigued with the combining of seemingly unrelated ideas or images, or the drawing upon the many, sometimes dissimilar, meanings a word might have... view

By: John Barton

I sometimes like to tinker with poems that have failed, ones that I have sent aside. Even years afterward, I will revisit them if there is something about them that I cannot give up on... view

By: John Barton