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Jorie Graham

  • The primary function of the creative use of language — in our age — is to try to constantly restore words to their meanings, to keep the living tissue of responsibility alive.

    • Jorie Graham,
    • in Wisdom Ways ()
  • If there is anything I love most, in the poems I love, it is the audible braiding of that bravery, that essential empty-handedness, and that willingness to be taken by surprise, all in one voice.

    • Jorie Graham,
    • "At the Border," in Claudia Rankine and Juliana Spahr, eds., American Women Poets in the 21st Century ()
  • I’d say poetry wants to be contagious ...

    • Jorie Graham,
    • in The Paris Review ()

Jorie Graham, U.S. poet

(1950)