John Haines, 1924-2011

"Good benches and chairs, as well as poems, come from roots. A man who has mistaken his life and who does not believe in what he is doing, who wishes he were somewhere else, doing another thing, is not likely to build good chairs nor to grow good turnips."


  1. Poet, Charles Wright, was at the end of PBS Newshour a couple nights ago. He sits and stares fom his yard and I think he said he writes only 6 lines. He lives in a wonderful old house, perhaps he grows turnips 6 at a time.

  2. Do you believe in what you're doing? Because you have the roots.....

  3. The trick is to get up every morning and act (again) on that belief...


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