When you stop thinking about yourself all the time, a certain sense of repose overtakes you.
When things get really bad, just raise your glass and stamp your feet and do a little jig. That's about all you can do.
A woman watches her body uneasily, as though it were an unreliable ally in the battle for love.
I speak of a clinical depression that is the background of your entire life, a background of anguish and anxiety, a sense that nothing goes well, that pleasure is unavailable and all your strategies collapse.
Let judges secretly despair of justice: their verdicts will be more acute. Let generals secretly despair of triumph; killing will be defamed. Let priests secretly despair of faith: their compassion will be true.
My two great heroes are W. B. Yeats and Federico García Lorca.
The older I get, the surer I am that I'm not running the show.
We're in a world where there's famine and hunger and people are dodging bullets and having their nails pulled out in dungeons so it's very hard for me to place any high value on the work that I do to write a song. Yeah, I work hard but compared to what?
I am an old scholar, better-looking now than when I was young. That's what sitting on your ass does to your face.
We're always experiencing joy or sadness. But there are lots of people who've closed down. And there are times in one's life when one has to close down just to regroup.
Music is the emotional life of most people.
Prayer is translation. A man translates himself into a child asking for all there is in a language he has barely mastered.
I didn't want to write for pay. I wanted to be paid for what I write.
I read with some amusement my reputation as a ladies' man. My friends are amused by that, too, because they know my life.
I had the title poet, and maybe I was one for a while. Also, the title singer was kindly accorded me, even though I could barely carry a tune.
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