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Rukeyser, Muriel

  • A work of art is one through which the consciousness of the artist is able to give its emotions to anyone who is prepared to receive them. There is no such thing as bad art.

  • Beware of those who talk about sacrifice.

  • Breathe-in experience, breathe-out poetry.

  • Exchange is creation.

  • Our poems will have failed if our readers are not brought by them beyond the poems.

  • Poetry is, above all, an approach to the truth of feeling.

  • The universe is made of stories, not of atoms.

  • Whatever can happen to anyone can happen to me.