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TrueQuotation: It is the timber of poetry that wears most surely, and there is no timber that has not strong roots among the clay and worms. — Randall Jarrell

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JamesAn13514562: Six miles from earth, loosed from its dream of life, I woke to black flak and the nightmare fighters. When I died they washed me out of the turret with a hose. Randall Jarrell

JWilliamCupp: If we judge by wealth and power, our times are the best of times; if the times have made us willing to judge by wealth and power, they are the worst of times. -Randall Jarrell-

robbyslaughter: One of the most obvious facts about grown-ups to a child is that they have forgotten what it is like to be a child. -Randall Jarrell

Jeremy_boypoet: Children Selecting Books in A Library by Randall Jarrell

Taleri2099: The novel is a prose narrative of some length that has something wrong with it.,Randall Jarrell,literature,

Deluxeni3138: The novel is a prose narrative of some length that has something wrong with it.,Randall Jarrell,literature,

Michell50674731: There is something essentially ridiculous about critics, anyway: what is good is good without our saying so, and beneath all our majesty we know this.,Randall Jarrell,criticism, critics, critique, review, reviews,

GilmoreGlenda: Randall Jarrell lived near us when I was growing up. He pursued my momma, but didn't catch her. (he was married). I told her to go for it.

wikeleyjb: "The poet's hope is in posterity, but it is a pale hope and now that posterity is a pale hope..." Randall Jarrell, 'Poets, Critics, and Readers'

RayBoomhower: "From my mother's sleep I fell into the State, And I hunched in its belly till my wet fur froze. Six miles from earth, loosed from its dream of life, I woke to black flak and the nightmare fighters. When I died they washed me out of the turret with a hose." Randall Jarrell

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RBrookhiser: For Bryan fans:

wikeleyjb: "I have had the pleasure and the advantage of knowing many poets, many critics, and I have not found one less deeply neuotoric than the other." Randall Jarrell, 'Poets, Critics, and Readers'

JosephOEarp: Happy birthday to Robert Lowell, the Best Poet, and the author of one of the most moving discussions of mental illness put to paper, a letter sent to his friend Randall Jarrell while Jarrell was recovering from a depressive episode.

mattbucher: If you've never heard Randall Jarrell read from his own work before, I have a bunch of fragments in this new episode of my Monthly Audio Newsletter:

HansPeterFord: “Most of us know, now, that Rousseau was wrong: that man, when you knock his chains off, sets up the death camps. Soon we shall know everything the eighteenth century didn't know, and nothing it did, and it will be hard to live with us.” Randall Jarrell via Archie Goodwin Tweeter

ArchieG1946: “Most of us know, now, that Rousseau was wrong: that man, when you knock his chains off, sets up the death camps. Soon we shall know everything the eighteenth century didn't know, and nothing it did, and it will be hard to live with us.” —Randall Jarrell

nicoscosc: “In all these fields There is not one thing that knows It is almost Christmas. Staring, staring At the gray squirrel dead in the snow, She and her brother float up from the snow—” — from “The Night before the Night before Christmas” by Randall Jarrell

chaven: So trying to find something among my papers, I ran across two letters from Seamus Heaney, two from W.S. Merwin, and a couple letters from Mary Jarrell, Randall Jarell's widow. Plus some photographs of Joseph Brodsky. Not a bad haul.

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Jeremy_boypoet: A Country Life by Randall Jarrell

wikeleyjb: "Our age might be defined as the age in which real parody became impossible, since any parody had already been duplicated, or parodied, in earnest." Randall Jarrell, 'A Sad Heart at the Supermarket'

wikeleyjb: "Most of the information people have in common is something that four or five years from now they will not even remember having known." Randall Jarrell, 'A Sad Heart at the Supermarket' (1960)

africanst3w: I never knew Randall Jarrell was from Tennessee

acensusofstars: randall jarrell's "the woman at the washington zoo" feels very trans

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Godgift64107811: I think that one possible definition of our modern culture is that it is one in which nine-tenths of our intellectuals can't read any poetry. -Randall Jarrell kalim~ SUMBUL GRACING BB16 FINALE

SwannMarcus89: That's basically the point of 80% of my tweets and Randall Jarrell beat me to it in a poetry review in The Nation that was published in the early 1950s. Feels bad to get mogged this hard

tpmquote: The people who live in a Golden Age usually go around complaining how yellow everything looks.--Randall Jarrell

plexibubble: Pictures from an Institution Randall Jarrell Knopf, 1954 One of the best novels I’ve read about life on a college campus

philosophersmag: The people who live in a Golden Age usually go around complaining how yellow everything looks.--Randall Jarrell

TriadHistory: Group of students seated outside in front of fountain with Randall Jarrell seated in chair in 1961.

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college_kumaran: The people who live in a golden age usually go around complaining how yellow everything looks – Randall Jarrell

JMDReid: “A poet is a man who manages, in a lifetime of standing out in thunderstorms, to be struck by lightning five or six times.” --Randall Jarrell

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poemtoday: My favourite Randall Jarrell poem

poemtoday: A WAR There set out slowly, for a Different World, At four, on winter mornings, different legs … You can’t break eggs without making an omelette –That’s what they tell the eggs. Randall Jarrell

poemtoday: Two poems by Randall Jarrell ...

kjavadizadeh: And finally the Randall Jarrell poem itself, which is just gorgeous. Read it to yourselves, by all means, but do yourselves a favor and listen to Steph read it to you as well.

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op109: Happy Sunday wishes! **** “ It is better to entertain an idea than to take it home to live with you for the rest of your life.” -Randall Jarrell, Pictures from an Institution *** Coffee Shot cafeinevitable

philosophersmag: The people who live in a Golden Age usually go around complaining how yellow everything looks.--Randall Jarrell

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lukacsmoe: "with our light worded-out but still burning..." Audre Lorde's elegy for Randall Jarrell

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nienow20kbcxz: Randall Jarrell and His Age Q1GNBMF

IamRealAR: The people who live in a golden age usually go around complaining how yellow everything looks. -Randall Jarrell ~IamRealAR JANTA KI JAAN PRIYANKA

IamRealAR: A poet is a man who manages, in a lifetime of standing out in thunderstorms, to be struck by lightning five or six times. Randall Jarrell :IamRealAR: CHOUDHARY SIBLINGS REUNION

BruceGatenby: “Intellectuals become critics before, and not after, they have failed as artists.” —Randall Jarrell

ukmerightt8: NIMRIT YOU ROCK A poet is a man who manages, in a lifetime of standing out in thunderstorms, to be struck by lightning five or six times.:-Randall Jarrell..

mr_exception_: STAY RESILIENT NIMRIT A poet is a man who manages, in a lifetime of standing out in thunderstorms, to be struck by lightning five or six times.:-Randall Jarrell..

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hilll50xzs: Randall Jarrell and His Age CERFMVJ

glasspetalsmoke: And There She Made a Poisoned Apple, illustration by Nancy Ekholm Burkert for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: A Tale from the Brothers Grimm (translated by Randall Jarrell circa 1972). The image is filled with possibilities for fragrant interpretation.

Jeremy_boypoet: Next Day by Randall Jarrell

VillarinoJl: Randall Jarrell: "But be, as you have been, my happiness..."

AncientWisdomHQ: "But be, as you have been, my happiness..." - Randall Jarrell

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Jeremy_boypoet: Mail Call by Randall Jarrell

pacificraft: Randall Jarrell on John Crowe Ransom. This is my favourite piece of literary criticism.

reviewofbots: The Randall Jarrell Review of Books

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followthehens: Randall Jarrell - The Animal Family (1965)

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sid55jg: Randall Jarrell and His Age W2L49C2

not_opossum: since i have never been wrong about a hunch like this before, im glad to announce to all my poetry followers that Randall Jarrell was gay

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tastesofink: Forgot I read this to my class too. The Bat Poet by Randall Jarrell is about a bat who wants to stay up all day to see what it’s like then writes poems since he can’t sing as beautifully as the mockingbird. Nice scratchy Maurice Sendak illustrations and a cute story

medialens: This quote from Randall Jarrell is one of the most important comments we've ever included in our media alerts. It's vital for understanding public indifference as the climate collapses.

ithinkiamsteven: A wonderful little poem from Randall Jarrell’s delightful book The Bat-Poet. Accompanied by Maurice Sendak’s art. Ostensibly a children’s book, but easily enjoyable by all ages (as all the best children’s books are.)

kovacek23oiajg: Randall Jarrell and His Age 4BZA2OT

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DethVeggie: Probably my favourite short poem. The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner, by Randall Jarrell

timstretton: “The novel is a prose narrative of some length that has something wrong with it.” -Randall Jarrell

paulsimpsonHN: “In bombers names for girls we burned the cities we had learned about in school”. Losses by the underrated American poet Randall Jarrell:

AsiyaMiya: Our first bewildered, transcending recognition Is pure acceptance. We can't tell our life From our wish. Really I began the day Not with a man's wish: "May this day be different," But with the birds' wish: "May this day Be the same day, the day of my life. - Randall Jarrell

Tksed_1: My Personal Top 10 best NBL players currently (FIBA Break). 1) Bryce Cotton 2) Xavier Cooks 3) Craig Randall II 4) Barry Brown 5) XRM 6) Mitch Creek 7) Robert Franks 8) Keanu Pinder 9) Jarrell Brantley 10) DJ Hogg CG and Big Sauce really close to make 10 as well

michaelscaines: Last night [RP] Blackmur was pretty bad.. he does so enjoy talking about awful or unseemly things in a relishing-in-his-mouth way. He quoted this sentence, “What if my breath does smell bad? The dead smell worse”, and he then repeated it *twice*. – Randall Jarrell, Nov 6 1951

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RossStager: “You wake up, some fine morning, old. And old means changed; changed means you wake up new.” from Randall Jarrell’s poem Hope

AliceAvizandum: It’s sad to me that the American literary memory of strategic bombing is Vonnegut and Heller and Randall Jarrell doesn’t get a look in

MikeHarrisNC: Quotes UNCG professor Randall Jarrell. "A good poet is someone who manages, in a lifetime of standing out in thunderstorms, to be struck by lightning five or six times; a dozen or two dozen times and he is great.”

guentheralex: randall jarrell sounds so contemporary and likeable! (while richard wilbur, who i think was actually younger than him, sounds like he's a thousand year old aristocrat)

QueerManxPoet: “A good poet is someone who manages, in a lifetime of standing out in thunderstorms, to be struck by lightning five or six times; a dozen or two dozen times and he is great.” Randall Jarrell in a review of “The Auroras of Autumn,” Wallace Stevens’s last collection.

bettyaberlin: the lead's wife has died, he's inconsolable, & there's a young & beautiful daughter whose blood father he may or may not be. I may have seen them all now. good for stopping thought. "her mind kept ticking like a cheap clock" - Randall Jarrell

justinlancy: “A good poet is someone who manages, in a lifetime of standing out in thunderstorms, to be struck by lightning five or six times; a dozen or two dozen times and he is great.” ~ Randall Jarrell

SemyonKhokhlov: “Stories, because of their nature or…of ours, are always capable of generalization.” The pomo era questioned this assumption (voiced by Randall Jarrell in 1958) but what about now? Sometimes it seems like we're back to believing in this capacity without reservation...

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AsiyaMiya: "(For all this, if it isn’t, perhaps, life, Has yet, at least, a language of its own Different from the books'; worse than the books'.) And yet, the ways we miss our lives are life . . ." - Randall Jarrell on Quotomania ▶️

AsiyaMiya: Photo from the book cover of Kipling, Auden and Co. (Essays and Reviews 1935-1964) by Randall Jarrell

war_poets: 14 October 1965 Randall Jarrell is struck and killed by a car.

dean_frey: E. E. Cummings by DeGaston Studio, Cambridge Mass, 1920 "No one else has ever made avant-garde, experimental poems so attractive to the general and the special reader." - Randall Jarrell

_kaelanoel_: Such a beautiful version of Snow White, with prose by Randall Jarrell and illustrations by Nancy Burkert. A collaboration by two true greats. Published all the way back in 1972! It’s one of my 5-year-old’s current favorites.

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