From this entertainment industry, may the gods of language protect us.
When you grow up in a family of languages, you develop a kind of casual fluency, so that languages, though differently colored, all seem transparent to experience.
The self is an oral society in which the present is constantly running a dialogue with the past and the future inside of one skin.
I didn't think about whether I was writing poems. I was thinking. And the more I was thinking, the more there was I didn't understand.
I hardly remember how I started to write poetry. It's hard to imagine what I thought poetry could do.
I am quite unsatisfied by the distinctions between the oral and literate.
An art machine is a system
whose parts when put in motion
act upon each other in such a way
as to cause you to see things differently
The ancient Greek "oral poets" all had this anxiety about the deficiencies of their memories and always began poems by praying to the muse to help them remember.
When my mother left her second husband, she wrote her autobiography and presented it to him for his approval.
While I don't script and I don't use other performers, I think my taste for underlying precision gives me something in common with Allan and George Brecht.
I was trying to find out what it was that everybody else understood without giving up my stubborn and hard-won lack of understanding.
Stories are different every time you tell them - they allow so many possible narratives.
While I've had a great distaste for what's usually called song in modern poetry or for what's usually called music, I really don't think of speech as so far from song.
I reserve the right to tell shaggy dog stories or even common jokes as part of what I'm doing. I don't give a damn if half the audience walks out.
For several centuries what has passed for song in literary circles was any text that looked like the lyrics for a commonplace melodic setting.
I'm standing up thinking. Anybody who wants to listen is welcome. If not, I'm happy to see them go.
I'm not sure what theory is, unless it's the pursuit of fundamental questions.
I learned enough Hebrew to stagger through a meaningless ceremony that I scarcely remember.
I tended to emphasize the secular, the casual, the colloquial, the vernacular against the sacred.
The Sophists' paradoxical talk pieces and their public debates were entertainment in 5th century Greece. And in that world, Socrates was an entertainer.
I've always had a strong feeling for the Statue of Liberty, because it became the statue of my personal liberty.
My rejection of the idea of entertainment in its current form is based on the audience that comes with it.
It's hard being a hostage in somebody else's mouth - or a character in somebody else's novel.
A myth is the name of a terrible lie told by a smelly little brown person to a man in a white suit with a pair of binoculars.
Disney made a fortune out of inventing the businessman's idea of the imaginary as the contradictory of the businessman's idea of the real.
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