"Words—I often imagine this—are little houses, each with its cellar and garret. Common-sense lives on the ground floor, always ready to engage in ‘foreign commerce,’ on the same level as the others, as the passers-by, who are never dreamers. To go upstairs in the word house, is to withdraw, step by step; while to go down to the cellar is to dream, it is losing oneself in the distant corridors of an obscure etymology, looking for treasures that cannot be found in words. To mount and descend in the words themselves—this is a poet’s life. To mount too high or descend too low, is allowed in the case of poets, who bring earth and sky together."
—from The Poetics of Space
Only a few copies remain of Joshua Ware’s Imaginary Portraits, and if you buy one now—*act fast!*—he’s including the gift that keeps on giving.
Gregg Popovich on Teaching Poetry
"Sometimes it’s trial and error. They have to do one thing well for you first. Then you give them a little more and see how they handle it. You owe it to them to add something to their game if you can. Bruce Bowen, for example. When we first got him, we said, ‘Bruce, you’re not making that move, you’re not making that pass. You’re going to defend.’ He accepted that role. Then we got him to where he could knock down a corner 3. Then we gave him a one-dribble rule—if a guy runs at you, you can take one dribble and pull up or you’re kicking it to the first open guy. You’re not making plays and you’re not finishing at the rim."