Even if the hopes you started out with are dashed, hope has to be maintained.
I can't think of a case where poems changed the world, but what they do is they change people's understanding of what's going on in the world.
Hope is not optimism, which expects things to turn out well, but something rooted in the conviction that there is good worth working for.
Don't be surprised if I demur, for, be advised my passport's green.
Anyone with gumption and a sharp mind will take the measure of two things: what's said and what's done.
Poetry is always slightly mysterious, and you wonder what is your relationship to it.
I drink to keep body and soul apart.
Suspect too much sweet talk but never close your mind.
Two buckets were easier carried than one. / I grew up in between.
The end of art is peace.
If you have the words, there's always a chance that you'll find the way.
All I know is a door into the dark
Desmond O'Grady is one of the senior figures in Irish
Literary life, exemplary in the way he has committed
himself over the decades to the vocation of poetry and
has lived selflessly for the art
The next move is always the test.
At home in Ireland, there's a habit of avoidance, an ironical attitude towards the authority figure.
The way we are living, timorous or bold, will have been our life.
History says, Don’t hope On this side of the grave, But then, once in a lifetime The longed-for tidal wave Of justice can rise up, And hope and history rhyme
The aim of poetry and the poet is finally to be of service, to ply the effort of the individual into the larger work of the community as a whole.
On the contrary, a trust in the staying power and travel-worthiness of such good should encourage us to credit the possibility of a world where respect for the validity of every tradition
will issue in the creation and maintenance of a salubrious political space.
Believe that a further shore...is reachable from here.
If self is a location, so is love.
I have begun to think of life as a series of ripples widening out from an original center.
Walk on air against your better judgement.
I've always associated the moment of writing with a moment of lift, of joy, of unexpected reward.
I credit poetry for making this space-walk possible.
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