Rumi on writing poetry

Listen to presences inside poems,
Let them take you where they will.

Follow those private hints,
and never leave the premises.


This is how it always is
when I finish a poem.

A great silence overcomes me,
and I wonder why I ever thought
to use language


from The Essential Rumi translated by Coleman Barks

On writer’s block

from Alicia Ostriker — “Whenever you have a block, there’s something under the rock.”

from Jean Valentine — finding the poem is like a plant turning toward the sun