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The Poetry of Art by Maryam Khawar

Updated: Aug 19, 2019

There are as many definitions of poetry as there are poets. If we search with an active mind through these poetic explorations, we can find a uniting front.

Below is a collection of a few thoughts that poets have had on the nature of poetry and art. The center of this work is a local poet living in Livermore, California, Maryam Khawar.

Listen to my conversation with Maryam on the nature of art.


Here are a few quotes on poetry from famous poets:

"Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquillity." -- William Wordsworth

"Poetry is the record of the best and happiest moments of the happiest and best minds." - Percy Bysshe Shelley

"Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion; it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things." -- T.S. Eliot

Poetry fettered fetters the human race.' - William Blake

"The poet is the priest of the invisible." - Wallace Stevens

"Poetry is, at bottom, a criticism of life." - Matthew Arnold

"Like a piece of ice on a hot stove the poem must ride on its own melting." -- Robert Frost


Artist to Artist by Maryam Khawar

How beautiful, was your mind

and the ability to see the essence of the universe

I see it through you

As you pass from artist to artist


Near Poetry by Maryam Khawar

and maybe my love is near poetry



being endlessly drafted, containing boundless ends.

but I will let you know

just like those unspoken words,

I keep you close, to my heart forever


The Apology by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Think me not unkind and rude, That I walk alone in grove and glen; I go to the god of the wood To fetch his word to men.

Tax not my sloth that I Fold my arms beside the brook; Each cloud that floated in the sky Writes a letter in my book.

Chide me not, laborious band, For the idle flowers I brought; Every aster in my hand Goes home loaded with a thought.

There was never mystery, But 'tis figured in the flowers, Was never secret history, But birds tell it in the bowers.

One harvest from thy field Homeward brought the oxen strong; A second crop thine acres yield, Which I gather in a song.


I called upon your name by Maryam Khawar

I called upon your name

and for a year

you did not answer;

in the beginning,

a promise was shared between the both of us.

simple and silver

and sacred, in its own right.

but, without warning, you decided to leave

and I was left with the tarnished-

pieces, sifting like sand so easily,

through unsteady fingers.

You returned, again, asking to be remembered

and I held the power of a year


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