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“Nothing is beneath poetic notice--that's why nothing is too big for it.” -- Heather McHugh, NEA Literature Fellow Click through to read the complete interview with Heather McHugh by--wait for it--Heather McHugh! Can't get enough quotes about poetry? Visit the NEA Facebook page...
"We tend to underestimate the psychic costs of writing lyric poetry. It's already a dangerous effort that requires considerable amounts of character and self-awareness. And when we consider that the fear of coming to terms with one's own unique humanity is a major hazard in the writing...
"Many people come up to me and ask me how I play this jazz so good, you know? And they think I'm going to tell them something like it's in the hands or the heart or some nonsense like that. But I'm here to tell you, it ain't cosmic. It ain't super deep. And it ain't got...
"I believe that the artist can propose new perspectives and expand existing perspectives. The artist should act as a kind of mediator of a different culture and field to the public. I believe art can really do that, and at times can transcend past politics or cultural barriers. I believe a...
"Why do people need opera? To feel that they are people, human. Opera, like no other art form, 'talks, sings' to people using a language of noble emotions, without triviality, and teaches us important lessons without moralizing. The beauty of the music is intensified by acting, and the...
"It's been often said that architecture is frozen music; the idea of crescendos and diminuendos, pulsation of space, the rhythm as you move through [a building]. I don't design from the sense of photography; I design from the sense of movement as you pass through the buildings."...
"When I started producing documentaries I quickly realized that viewers wanted stories. They want to understand, they want to be mired in a narrative so they can feel the humanity of people they might not ever meet in their own daily lives. Documentaries have the ability to change lives and...
"What I see is that collaboration is not compromise. That's collaboration, I think, at its worst. Collaboration is about trust and learning together, where you create an environment where you can both learn from one another and then grow to create this thing that is a dynamic entity based...
"This world is not one color or culture. Everybody has a story. To tell that story or see that story reflected through art is extremely valuable to the community. The arts belong to everyone and our work should reflect that diversity." -- Jesse L. Martin Read our complete Art Talk with...
"What I love about writing in this form [the blog] is that I can curate conversations and showcase the great work of many deserving but overlooked artists anytime I want. And I don’t have to wait for anyone’s permission or approval. What’s challenging, however, is that not...

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