Real writers are those who want to write, need to write, have to write.
The poem . . . is a little myth of man's capacity of making life meaningful. And in the end, the poem is not a thing we see-it is, rather, a light by which we may see-and what we see is life.
The image that fiction presents is purged of the distractions, confusions and accidents of ordinary life.
The urge to write poetry is like having an itch. When the itch becomes annoying enough, you scratch it.
In one deep sense, novels are concealed autobiography. I don't mean that you are telling facts about yourself, but you are trying to find out what you really think or who you are.
I don't expect you'll hear me writing any poems to the greater glory of Ronald and Nancy Reagan.
I've been to a lot of places and done a lot of things, but writing was always first. It's a kind of pain I can't do without.
All I've tried to do (with my writing) is capture the essence of my time.
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