I believe that all my work explores the human desire or obsession for utopias, and the structure of all my works is the search for utopias lost and rediscovered.
A lawyer I once knew told me of a strange case, a suffragette who had never married. After her death, he opened her trunk and discovered 50 wedding gowns.
Every heart is the other heart. Every soul is the other soul. Every face is the other face. The individual is the one illusion.
I think most people dont like others who, without a voice of their own, emulate the other. I certainly dont want anybody just to pick up my thoughts and hand them back to me.
The first poem I ever wrote, about loss, when I was 5 years old, expressed the themes of everything I would ever write.
I think there is a rage against women. I've come to see that now although at the time I did not notice it. I was preoccupied with my teaching and my writing.
At the age of 18 all young poets are sure they will be dead at 21 - of old age.
A good writer cannot avoid having social consciousness. I don't mean this about small pieces of writing, but about a big book. If it's a big book, there has to be more than one undertow.
I never fantasized or invented a thing, not one thing. I knew every single thing I ever wrote about.
There were also some cruel reviews by women, but the tone of the male reviewers, sometimes hysterical, was different. I have suffered, but I don't want to name names but there have been men who have seemed to want to destroy me or my writing, men I don't even know.
I knew Anais Nin, who called me after I had been away for a few years. She was seeking help because at that time no one would give her a decent review. She was made fun of.
I would say my theme has always been paradise lost, always the lost cause, the lost leader, the lost utopia.
If you understand hallucination and illusion, you don't blindly follow any leader. You must know if the person is sane or insane, over the abyss.
I'm as much influenced by Joseph Smith and the Mormons as I am, more so, than by Eliot. Actually, I'm much more influenced by the poetry of the Mormons.
I'm quite sure that most writers would sustain real poetry if they could, but it takes devotion and talent.
I've been willing to go for years without publishing. That's been my career.
When the dream came into being, I always pursued it.
If you know anything about James Whitcomb Riley, you know that Little Orphan Annie is one of the most fantastic characters who ever lived in America before Charlie Chaplin.
Is it experimental to have been influenced by the Bible? By Saint Augustine?
we live our fate before we realize exactly what it is.
Dreiser... I love... and almost wouldn't speak to anyone who ever attacked him.
I would teach from nine to four, sleep an hour, and write from six until midnight, night after night.
I never thought of myself as either a woman or a man. I thought of myself as a person who was born to a writer, who was doomed to be a writer.
Life has no beginning, middle or end.
If there is no certain reality, the idea of following a leader must be scrutinized.
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