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.
If bitterness wants to get into the act, I offer it a cookie or a gumdrop.
A born poet knows in his cradle that a poetic life is the only life worth living.
Life is adventure, not predicament.
My films are an extension of my poetry, using the white screen like the white page to be filled with images.
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.
The quietest poetry can be an explosion of joy.
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.
In the world of poetry there are would-be poets, workshop poets, promising poets, lovesick poets, university poets, and a few real poets.
I never wanted to dilute my private passion for the art by airing and arguing it in public.
I like things which appear fragile but are tough inside.
Ultimately I have learned more about poetry, from music and magic than from literature.
Life's major challenge: getting reborn often enough.
Poetry for me is as much a spiritual practice as sexual ecstasy is.
And to Shakespeare I owe my vision of the world as a theater, wherein all humans are acting out their parts.
Acclaim is a distraction.
Everything that ever happened is still happening. Past, present and future keep happening in the eternity which is Here and Now.
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