I'm happy to report that my inner child is still ageless.
Follow your own weird.
At every crossroad, be prepared to bump into wonder.
The only limits are, as always, those of vision.
Trusting your individual uniqueness challenges you to lay yourself open.
I often start writing in order to excite an expansive emotion.
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.
My films are an extension of my poetry, using the white screen like the white page to be filled with images.
If bitterness wants to get into the act, I offer it a cookie or a gumdrop.
The quietest poetry can be an explosion of joy.
A born poet knows in his cradle that a poetic life is the only life worth living.
Life is adventure, not predicament.
It was as important to live poetically as to write poems.
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.
True delicacy is not a fragile thing.
Most poets in their youth begin in adolescent sadness. I find it more rewarding to end in gladness.
Consciousness is the glory of creation.
If you don't fill your days with love, you are wasting your life.
The most astonishing joy is to receive from the muses the gift of a whole lyric.
My major aim in writing is to set out flags and issue wake-up calls.
Being identified as a poet in France or Denmark or India one is greeted with gracious respect.
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.
You're closer to your glory leaping an abyss than re-upholstering a rut.
For me a poem has to sing out of itself and the lilt of it carries the magic.
I like things which appear fragile but are tough inside.
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