Any writer overwhelmingly honest about pleasing himself is almost sure to please others.
Originality is... a by-product of sincerity.
Poetry is the art of creating imaginary gardens with real toads.
Your thorns are the best part of you.
The hands are the heart's messengers.
Beauty is everlasting And dust is for a time.
Omissions are not accidents.
Life is energy, and energy is creativity. And even when individuals pass on, the energy is retained in the work of art, locked in it and awaiting release if only someone will take the time and the care to unlock it.
Superior people never make long visits.
We Call Them the Brave who likely were reluctant to be brave.
The passion for setting people right is in itself an afflictive disease.
A writer is unfair to himself when he is unable to be hard on himself.
The heart that gives, gathers.
One writes because one has a burning desire to objectify what it is indispensable to one's happiness to express ...
I never 'plan' a stanza. Words cluster like chromosomes, determining the procedure.
Egotism is usually subversive of sagacity.
Excess is the common substitute for energy.
At all events there is in Brooklyn
something that makes me feel at home.
In a poem the excitement has to maintain itself. I am governed by the pull of the sentence as the pull of a fabric is governed by gravity.
The weak overcomes its/ menace, the strong over-/comes itself.
There never was a war that was not inward; I must fight till I have conquered in myself what causes war.
Conscious writing can be the death of poetry.
The cynics in life are the people who are always trying to do things for people who don't want things done for them.
War is pillage versus resistance and if illusions of magnitude could be transmuted into ideals of magnanimity, peace might be realized.
When you take my time, you take something I had meant to use ...
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