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Occasionally a student writer comes up with something really beautiful and moving, and you won't know for years if it was an accident or the first burst of something wonderful.
Obvious enough that generalities work to protect the mind from the great outdoors; is it possible that this was in fact their first purpose?
Nothing in the universe can travel at the speed of light, they say, forgetful of the shadow's speed.
Mostly the thought and the verse come inseparably. In my poem Poetics, it's as close as I come to telling how I do it.
Language is remarkable, except under the extreme constraints of mathematics and logic, it never can talk only about what it's supposed to talk about but is always spreading around.
It may be said that poems are in one way like icebergs: only about a third of their bulk appears above the surface of the page.
I've thought of the last line of some poems for years and tried them out, It wouldn't work because the last line was much too beautiful for the poem.
I've never read a political poem that's accomplished anything. Poetry makes things happen, but rarely what the poet wants.
I think there's one thing which distinguishes our art - we don't consider. We don't think. We write a little verse because it comes to us.
I sometimes talk about the making of a poem within the poem.
I never abandoned either forms or freedom. I imagine that most of what could be called free verse is in my first book. I got through that fairly early.
I liked the kid who wrote me that he had to do a term paper on a modern poet and he was doing me because, though they say you have to read poems twice, he found he could handle mine in one try.
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