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.

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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

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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