Your Experience Is Not Yours Alone

Good writing works from a simple premise: your experience is not yours alone, but in some sense a metaphor for everyone’s.

Dorianne Laux Quotes (Author of What We Carry). (2020). Retrieved 10 January 2020, from https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/155377.Dorianne_Laux

Building On What Every Other Artist Has Done

To write without any awareness of a tradition you are trying to become a part of would be self-defeating. Every artist alive responds to the history of his or her art—borrowing, stealing, rebelling against, and building on what other artists have done.

Dorianne Laux Quotes (Author of What We Carry). (2020). Retrieved 10 January 2020, from https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/155377.Dorianne_Laux

Poetry Is An Intimate Act

Poetry is an intimate act. It’s about bringing forth something that’s inside you–whether it is a memory, a philosophical idea, a deep love for another person or for the world, or an apprehension of the spiritual. It’s about making something, in language, which can be transmitted to others–not as information, or polemic, but as irreducible art.

Dorianne Laux Quotes (Author of What We Carry). (2020). Retrieved 10 January 2020, from https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/155377.Dorianne_Laux

The Only Way To Find You Way

Writing and reading are the only ways to find your voice. It won’t magically burst forth in your poems the next time you sit down to write, or the next; but little by little, as you become aware of more choices and begin to make them — consciously and unconsciously — your style will develop.

Dorianne Laux Quotes (Author of What We Carry). (2020). Retrieved 10 January 2020, from https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/155377.Dorianne_Laux