Nothing is the destiny of everyone, it is our commonness made dumb.
The future is always beginning now.
But I tend to think of the expressive part of me as rather tedious - never curious or responsive, but blind and self-serving.
And at least in poetry you should feel free to lie. That is, not to lie, but to imagine what you want, to follow the direction of the poem.
Poetry is, first and last, language - the rest is filler.
For some of us, the less said about the way we do things the better.
I think the best American poetry is the poetry that utilizes the resources of poetry rather than exploits the defects or triumphs of the poet's personality.
A life is not sufficiently elevated for poetry, unless, of course, the life has been made into an art.
I am not concerned with truth, nor with conventional notions of what is beautiful.
There's a certain point, when you're writing autobiographical stuff, where you don't want to misrepresent yourself. It would be dishonest.
Each moment is a place you've never been.
Pain is filtered in a poem so that it becomes finally, in the end, pleasure.
From the reader's view, a poem is more demanding than prose.
I would say that American poetry has always been a poetry of personal testimony.
A great many people seem to think writing poetry is worthwhile, even though it pays next to nothing and is not as widely read as it should be.
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