Marilyn Hacker Quotes


12 Marilyn Hacker quotes:



"Everyone thinks they're going to write one book of poems or one novel."
"Clearly, once the student is no longer a student the possibilities of relationship are enlarged."
"Community means people spending time together here, and I don't think there's really that."
"Given the devaluation of literature and of the study of foreign languages per se in the United States, as well as the preponderance of theory over text in graduate literature studies, creative writing programs keep literature courses populated."
"The woman poet must be either a sexless, reclusive eccentric, with nothing to say specifically to women, or a brilliant, tragic, tortured suicide."
"There is a way in which all writing is connected. In a second language, for example, a workshop can liberate the students' use of the vocabulary they're acquiring."
"There is something very satisfactory about being in the middle of something."
"Translation is an interestingly different way to be involved both with poetry and with the language that I've found myself living in much of the time. I think the two feed each other."
"Various on-line discussion groups are ways to find out about books and writers that one might have remained ignorant of otherwise."
"We sometimes received - and I would read - 200 manuscripts a week. Some of them were wonderful, some were terrible; most were mediocre. It was like the gifts of the good and bad fairies."
"When I edited Thirteenth Moon, a feminist literary magazine, I basically supported it myself with an essential grant here and there."
"When you translate poetry in particular, you're obliged to look at how the writer with whom you're working puts together words, sentences, phrases, the triple tension between the line of verse, the syntax and the sentence."



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