I try. I am trying. I was trying. I will try. I shall in the meantime try. I sometimes have tried. I shall still by that time be trying.
The word is important in Native American tradition. You speak the path on which you walk. Your words make the trail.
Writing is the hammer & chisel that breaks down the established way of thinking. A concrete event, then an abstraction. An image, then a thought. Finally, writing builds another establishment with the fragments.
Who thinks of justice unless he knows injustice?
Poetry examines an emotional truth. It's an experience filtered through the personality of the poet. We look to poetry for visions, not scientific truths. The poet's job is to combine new elements. Explore their melting, seeping into one another.
Words - as I speak or write them - make a path on which I walk.
Poetry saves what is human in this world going gaudy & insane. In exploring small truths, something larger might turn up, adding dimension, insight, vision, recognition to our lives. We just might be more complete, more aware after a poem.
It is easier to gnaw through bone. Than the hide of the heart.
Poetry is road maintenance for a fragmented world which seeks to be kept together. It's been an integral activity for a long time.
Who creates unless he has a vacuum to fill?
20th century poetry is a piñata. Images break from the earth when the poet strikes it.
Poetry uses the hub of a torque converter for a jello mold.
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