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The origins of poetry are clearly rooted in obscurity, in secretiveness, in incantation, in spells that must at once invoke and protect, tell the secret and keep it.
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I like to read because
it kills me.

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I study nature so as not to do foolish things.

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And who among us is not neurotic, and has never complained that they are not understood? Why did you come here, to this place, if not in the hope of being understood, of being in some small way comprehended by your peers, and embraced by them in a fellowship of shared secrets? I don't know about you, but I just want to be held.

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Irreverence is a way of playing hooky and remaining present at the same time.

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Choice, and all its attendant energy, is a characteristic of youth. It is before one chooses that one feels desire and longing without fulfillment, which gives an edge to any artistic endeavor. Galway Kinnell recently said in an interview that a young poet has so many choices but an old poet must simply endure his chosen life.

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We are all one question and the best answer seems to be love
a connection between things.

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In one sense, reading is a great waste of time. In another sense, it is a great extension of time, a way for one person to live a thousand and one lives in a single lifespan, to watch the great impersonal universe at work again and again,

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My happiness is marred only by my failure to attain it.

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I do not think I really have anything to say about poetry other than remarking that it is a wandering little drift of unidentified sound, and trying to say more reminds me of following the sound of a thrush into the woods on a summer's eve - if you persist in following the thrush it will only recede deeper and deeper into the woods; you will never actually see the thrush (the hermit thrush is especially shy), but I suppose listening is a kind of knowledge, or as close as one can come. (viii)

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A poem is a finished work of the mind, it is not the work of a finished mind.

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It is the first experience you ever had of reading a decent poem: 'Oh, somebody else is lonely, too!

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A poem is a neutrino - mainly nothing - it has no mass and can pass through the earth undetected.

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Poetry is sentimental to begin with. To write a sentimental poem is an act of redundancy.

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I am convinced that the first lyric poem was written at night, and that the moon was witness to the event and that the event was witness to the moon. For me, the moon has always been the very embodiment of lyric poetry.

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