Amy Gerstler Quotes

 

Disaster, to me, means in some big or small way, things going wrong. And that’s obviously a matter of perception, right? Let’s say your puppy chewed up all the shoes in your house. She probably had a fine time doing that. In her mind, a red letter day, the highlight of her puppy life.

— Amy Gerstler

With contemporary poetry having approximately as many fans outside the immediate field as there are devotees of undergoing knee surgery, any sentient, breathing reader who’s genuinely interested in poetry… not scared of it… seems a godsend.

— Amy Gerstler

Ideally, I’d love to write poems that intrigued humans across the board: literary folk and academics as well as… dog-walkers, doctors, plumbers, chefs, math professors, jugglers, etc.

— Amy Gerstler

The human imagination can connect to practically anything.

— Amy Gerstler

I don’t like scaring people off. When I tell people I’m a writer, they look kind of interested. Then I tell them that I write poetry, and they think I’m weird.

— Amy Gerstler

There is an element in some of my work that has to do with being an outsider, feeling like not part of the dominant culture.

— Amy Gerstler

Only recently have I realized that being different is not something you want to hide or squelch or suppress.

— Amy Gerstler

Most people who write and publish poetry teach or do something else.

— Amy Gerstler

Film and TV are the most popular mediums in America. Literature and poetry are possibly the most under-recognized art forms.

— Amy Gerstler

My work is mostly about longing, human relationships, science and children – and a little bit about ghosts and reincarnation.

— Amy Gerstler

I don’t write to create performance material; I write to make books.

— Amy Gerstler

I am introverted and a complete klutz.

— Amy Gerstler

I think part of being human is learning to roll with the punches, to deal with any kind of personal or professional disaster that might crop up. You have to learn to deal with that stuff or not survive.

— Amy Gerstler

My main ambition as a teenager was to somehow resurrect the dark-minded writer Franz Kafka and become his girlfriend.

— Amy Gerstler

Like many confused and evolving humans, I live in constant danger of transformation.

— Amy Gerstler

I’ve always liked wearing black. Hats with veils would suit me just fine.

— Amy Gerstler

One of those quiet types who logs a lot of time in the bedlam of her head, I sometimes need to be startled awake to the fact that the outside world still exists.

— Amy Gerstler

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