Do not desire to fit in. Desire to oblige yourselves to lead.
We are each other's harvest; we are each other's business; we are each other's magnitude and bond.
We don't ask a flower any special reason for its existence. We just look at it and are able to accept it as being something different from ourselves.
Reading is important - read between the lines. Don't swallow everything.
Say to them, say to the down-keepers, the sun-slappers, the self-soilers, the harmony-hushers, "Even if you are not ready for day it cannot always be night." You will be right. For that is the hard home-run. Live not for battles won. Live not for the-end-of-the-song. Live in the along.
Don't let anyone call you a minority if you're black or Hispanic or belong to some other ethnic group. You're not less than anybody else.
Truth-tellers are not always palatable. There is a preference for candy bars.
Even if you are not ready for day
it cannot always be night.
I believe we should all know each other, we human carriers of so many pleasurable differences. To not know is to doubt, to shrink from, sidestep or destroy.
Be yourself. Don't imitate other poets. You are as important as they are.
Exhaust the little moment. Soon it dies. And be it gash or gold it will not come again in this identical guise.
It is brave to be involved. To be not fearful to be unresolved.
I am interested in telling my particular truth as I have seen it.
Books are meat and medicine and flame and flight and flower steel, stitch, cloud and clout, and drumbeats on the air.
Words can do wonderful things. They pound, purr. They can urge, they can wheedle, whip, whine. They can sing, sass, singe. They can churn, check, channelize. They can be a "Hup two three four." They can forge a fiery army of a hundred languid men.
One reason cats are happier than people is that they have no newspapers.
Good health is a duty to yourself, to your contemporaries, to your inheritors, to the progress of the world.
Art hurts. Art urges voyages - and it is easier to stay at home.
What, what am I to do with all of this life?
This is the urgency: Live! and have your blooming in the noise of the whirlwind.
Be careful what you swallow. Chew!
A poem doesn't do everything for you.
You are supposed to go on with your thinking.
You are supposed to enrich
the other person's poem with your extensions,
your uniquely personal understandings,
thus making the poem serve you.
Art is a refining and evocative translation of the materials of the world.
Poetry is life distilled.
It is brave to be involved
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