You aren't just the age you are. You are all the ages you ever have been!
I'm a writer who likes to be influenced.
I thought, 'There are a lot of poets who have the courage to look into the abyss, but there are very few who have the courage to look happiness in the face and write about it,' which is what I wanted to be able to do.
Poetry is a deliberate attempt to make language suggestive and imprecise.
Summer in the trees! “It is time to strangle several bad poets.
Certainly, it seems true enough that there's a good deal of irony in the world... I mean, if you live in a world full of politicians and advertising, there's obviously a lot of deception.
I never thought of myself as a New York poet or as an American poet.
If you want to know how much I love and care for you, count the waves.
Also, I liked John Cage's music. I liked it for its craziness, the use of silence, the boldness-anything to get me away from writing about.. I don't know what academic poets write about.
I was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. My family was not nationally known as being a literary family, though my mother and my mother's side of the family in general were interested in literature.
One trouble with a kind of falsely therapeutic and always reassuring attitude that it is easy to fall into with old people, is the tendency to be satisfied with too little.
I love painting and music, of course. I don't know nearly as much about them as I know about poetry. I've certainly been influenced by fiction. I was overwhelmed by War and Peace when I read it, and I didn't read it until I was in my late 20s.
It's a well known thing that ordinary perceptions can have a strange aspect when one is travelling.
I don't think the nature of my poetry is satirical or even ironic, I think it's essentially lyrical but again I don't know if it's my position to say what my poetry is like.
Once I start writing about something, it goes off rather fast, and sometimes details which might be interesting such as what the room looked like or what somebody said that was not exactly on the same subject tend to get lost.
Poetry, which is written while no one is looking, is meant to be looked at for all time.
I've had trouble with criticism, I guess. It's hard to know what role criticism plays in either encouraging poets or in getting other people to read them.
I got married, other people went off. We had sort of another public-we were our entire readership for many years, and we were very excited by each other.
Politics is there the way men and women are there, the way the Atlantic Ocean is there. Sometimes I've written about politics specifically, I mean about politics as it's understood on television and in newspapers.
It seems everything is so full of possibilities one can hardly take it all in.
Maybe there are three or four really good poets in a generation.
One day the Nouns were clustered in the street.
An Adjective walked by, with her dark beauty.
The Nouns were struck, moved, changed.
The next day a Verb drove up, and created the Sentence.
The subject matter of the stories on the surface... there seem to be a number of stories about travel.
All poetry comes from repetition.
You can't be too influenced by a great poet. You simply have to live through it.
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