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Quote of the Day: “If you have to be sure don’t write.”

June 5th, 2012 Posted in Readings

I was in the library today, reading poetry . . .

—————-. . . when I was supposed to be writing prose.

I found a poem called “Berryman,” by W.S. Merwin.

Here’s the last seven lines . . .

I asked how can you ever be sure

that what you write is really

any good at all and he said you can’t


you can’t you can never be sure

you die without knowing

whether anything you wrote was any good

if you have to be sure don’t write

  1. One Response to “Quote of the Day: “If you have to be sure don’t write.””

  2. By Yvette Carol on Jun 5, 2012

    That’s so beautiful it almost brings a tear to my eye!
    How’d you like the snippet I posted on my FB page today, from the end of a Bob Hargrove poem? I think the title was ‘who’s in charge?’ and it’s about one’s relationship with one’s muse….

    ‘But we reached an agreement,
    At least I think so.
    I’ll lead him wherever
    He tells me to go.’

    btw: James, what is your email address? want to send you an invite.
    Yvette Carol

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