I'm very conscious that people dear to me are alive in my imagination - poets in particular.
And some poets are far better read off the page because they're very bad speakers. I'm thinking of one in particular whom I won't name, a good poet, and he reads in such a dry, boring way, your eyes start drooping.
I'm probably much more influenced by film-makers and painters than I am by other songwriters or poets.
I'm an amalgam of the 19th-century romantics and the beat poets.
I'm inspired by the poets, so I'm always going to give in that direction, rather than in any other. It's the making of me... and also the downfall of me.
Of course poets have morals and manners of their own, and custom is no argument with them.
I don't think it's by accident that I was first attracted to translating two French women poets.
I was at a benefit for some imprisoned students in the '60s at San Francisco State, and there were lots of poets reading for the benefit: one was Elizabeth Bishop.
While I don't satisfy my curiosity about the way I work, I'm terribly curious about the way other poets work. But I would think that's true about many of us.
The cult of individuality and personality, which promotes painters and poets only to promote itself, is really a business. The greater the 'genius' of the personage, the greater the profit.
Irish poets, learn your trade, sing whatever is well made, scorn the sort now growing up all out of shape from toe to top.
Many poets, as you know, are not good readers.
Poets are Damned... but See with the Eyes of Angels.
America may have great poets and novelists, but she never will have more than one necromancer.
Because philosophy arises from awe, a philosopher is bound in his way to be a lover of myths and poetic fables. Poets and philosophers are alike in being big with wonder.
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