Quotable Tuesday

“From painting I learned something else of infinite value to me. Most young poets have bad working habits. They write their poems in fits and starts, by feast or famine. But painters follow the light. They wait for it and do their work by it. They combine artisan practicality with vision. In a house with small children, with no time to waste, I gradually reformed my working habits. I learned that if I could not write a poem, I could make an image,and if I could not make an image, I could take out a word, savor it and store it.”

– Eavan Boland, “The Woman Poet: Her Dilemma,” 253)

(via Prisiclla Long, “The Writer’s Portable Mentor,” 37)

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