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H.K. Derby on Poetry

“I don’t create poetry. Poetry is everywhere, without me. I just let poetry turn itself into words.”

“Good poetry teaches you something you did not already know.
Great poetry teaches you something you only thought you did not already know.”

“To me, the world could not exist without poetry;
poetry is what is beautiful, and everything, in its way, is beautiful.”

“The worst thing you can do when writing a poem is to think.
First you write; thinking comes afterwards.”

“A lot of people ask me what I think my best poem was.
I tell them, my best poem wasn’t one that I wrote, it was one that I felt;
it was my love for my wife, and for the world.”