I'm happy to report that my inner child is still ageless.
The only limits are, as always, those of vision.
At every crossroad, be prepared to bump into wonder.
Follow your own weird.
Trusting your individual uniqueness challenges you to lay yourself open.
And to Shakespeare I owe my vision of the world as a theater, wherein all humans are acting out their parts.
True delicacy is not a fragile thing.
I often start writing in order to excite an expansive emotion.
If bitterness wants to get into the act, I offer it a cookie or a gumdrop.
Life is adventure, not predicament.
I tried to stir the imagination and enthusiasms of students to take risks, to do what they were most afraid of doing, to widen their horizons of action.
It was as important to live poetically as to write poems.
The quietest poetry can be an explosion of joy.
My films are an extension of my poetry, using the white screen like the white page to be filled with images.
A born poet knows in his cradle that a poetic life is the only life worth living.
Everything is Song. Everything is Silence. Since it all turns out to be illusion, perfectly being what it is, having nothing to do with good or bad, you are free to die laughing.
Acclaim is a distraction.
Most poets, like most people, try hard to be like someone they admire or they are possessed with an image of what they ought to be.
My earliest poems sing of the absolute necessity of allowing love to invade and pervade one's life. That can make the miracle happen in reality. Try it.
Everything that ever happened is still happening. Past, present and future keep happening in the eternity which is Here and Now.
Ultimately I have learned more about poetry, from music and magic than from literature.
Adversity is a stimulus.
I had a toy theater and a magic lantern, and when I was eight I built a stage for theatricals in the attic.
Some artists shrink from self-awareness, fearing that it will destroy their unique gifts and even their desire to create. The truth of the matter is quite opposite.
I consider my films to be poems that are all as personal as my writing and as hand-made.
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