Primo Quotes

Michael Longley

I was the first Arts Council official in the archipelago to do something for what you might call ind ...

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The job has left me with a healthy disregard for what you might call Public Life. I have no desire n ...

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I'm not against ambition and reach, but if you can say it in four lines, why waste your time saying ...

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There's always a danger of writers believing their own publicity. We live in a world of puff and sol ...

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Weddings and funerals have so much in common (except that in Ireland funerals are more fun - better ...

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I think a philistine environment should be bracing for young artists. You have to make your own enjo ...

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For me the form, the stanzaic shape, is an endorsement, proof that I'm engaged with the Latin or Gre ...

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I hardly ever look at my published books.

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Every Monday morning I try to remember to say "Thank you, Lord. I'm not at the Senior Staff Meeting. ...

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I'm not the kind of poet who arranges treasure-hunts to please the academics and keep them busy. Poe ...

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A good poem is not completely a poem until it has received a critical response that grows out of the ...

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A good poem is not completely a poem until it has received a critical response that grows out of the ...

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When I'm assembling a book I concentrate as though I were writing a poem. A truly imagined arrangeme ...

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I suppose that as you grow older some sense of an accumulating oeuvre is unavoidable.

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I would insist that poetry is a normal human activity and its proper concern all the things that hap ...

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