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I was trying to find out what it was that everybody else understood without giving up my stubborn and hard-won lack of understanding.
I wanted to be an inventor, whatever I thought that meant then. I guess I was thinking of Edison or maybe James Watt. Or maybe even Newton.
I tended to emphasize the secular, the casual, the colloquial, the vernacular against the sacred.
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.
I learned enough Hebrew to stagger through a meaningless ceremony that I scarcely remember.
I have spoken to expert audiences occasionally, but then no audience is expert over the whole range of things I want to explore.
I hardly remember how I started to write poetry. It's hard to imagine what I thought poetry could do.
I had no idea where these kids at a small private college in the San Fernando Valley were coming from, why they were coming to hear me, or what they needed to know.
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 can manage a prose format as long as I keep closer to Laurence Sterne than to Henry James.
I am quite unsatisfied by the distinctions between the oral and literate.
From this entertainment industry, may the gods of language protect us.
For several centuries what has passed for song in literary circles was any text that looked like the lyrics for a commonplace melodic setting.
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