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“Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance.”

“Poetry is the opening and closing of a door, leaving those who look through to guess about what is sent during the moment.”

“Poetry is a phantom script telling how rainbows are made and why they go away.”

“Poetry is the synthesis of hyacinths and biscuits.” 

Photo: Carl Sandburg with his friend Marilyn Monroe, circa 1960. The actress and the writer first met when Sandburg was in Hollywood working on a movie script and was assigned (and perhaps this is apocryphal) to use her dressing room as a temporary office. When Monroe later visited Sandburg in New York, she showed up with her hair a shade of platinum blonde that people thought she’d colored to match Sandburg’s white mane. Reflecting on Marilyn, Sandburg said: ”She had a mind out of the ordinary for show people. I found her well read. I gave her a book of my complete poetry. I wanted her to 
have it.” Find a partial list of books in Marilyn Monroe’s library here.