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.
Omissions are not accidents.
Conscious writing can be the death of poetry.
The passion for setting people right is in itself an afflictive disease.
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.
A writer is unfair to himself when he is unable to be hard on himself.
One writes because one has a burning desire to objectify what it is indispensable to one's happiness to express ...
When we think we don't like art it is because it is artificial art.
I'm troubled. I'm dissatisfied. I'm Irish.
The deepest feeling always shows itself in silence.
Everything I have written is the result of reading or of interest in people.
The heart that gives, gathers.
The power of the visible is the invisible.
its confusion to proof; it's
not a Herod's oath that cannot change.
I believe verbal felicity is the fruit of ardor, of diligence, and of refusing to be false.
the sea is a collector, quick to return a rapacious look.
Which of us has not been stunned by the beauty of an animal's skin or its flexibility in motion?
War is pillage versus resistance and if illusions of magnitude could be transmuted into ideals of magnanimity, peace might be realized.
There never was a war that was not inward; I must fight till I have conquered in myself what causes war.
I, too, dislike it. Reading it, however, with a perfect contempt for it, one discovers in it, after all, a place for the genuine.
I see no reason for calling my work poetry except that there is no other category in which to put it.
... a place for the genuine,
Hands that can grasp, eyes
that can dilate, hair that can rise
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