Anne Stevenson Quotes

I write, or used to write, to explain to myself situations I couldn’t otherwise solve or understand. Meditation comes very naturally to me. -Anne Stevenson

I play with language a great deal in my poems, and I enjoy that. I try to condense language, that is, I try to express complicated but I hope real emotions as simply as possible. But that doesn’t mean the poems are simple, just that they are as truthful as I can make them. -Anne Stevenson

I like rhyme because it is memorable, I like form because having to work to a pattern gives me original ideas. -Anne Stevenson

Each word bears its weight, so you have to read my poems quite slowly. -Anne Stevenson

A poem might be defined as thinking about feelings – about human feelings and frailties. -Anne Stevenson