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The quietest poetry can be an explosion of joy.
– James Broughton
Poetry for me is as much a spiritual practice as sexual ecstasy is.
Some artists shrink from self-awareness, fearing that it will destroy their unique gifts and even their desire to create. The truth of the matter is quite opposite.
I’m happy to report that my inner child is still ageless.
For me, prose walks, poetry dances.
I never wanted to dilute my private passion for the art by airing and arguing it in public.
I often start writing in order to excite an expansive emotion.
I tried to stir the imagination and enthusiasms of students to take risks, to do what they were most afraid of doing, to widen their horizons of action.
Everything that ever happened is still happening. Past, present and future keep happening in the eternity which is Here and Now.
Amazement awaits us at every corner.
The only limits are, as always, those of vision.
Trusting your individual uniqueness challenges you to lay yourself open.
Most poets in their youth begin in adolescent sadness. I find it more rewarding to end in gladness.
Consciousness is the glory of creation.
The most astonishing joy is to receive from the muses the gift of a whole lyric.
The American public does not know poets exist.
I like things which appear fragile but are tough inside.
Adversity is a stimulus.
Work in the theater sharpened my verse and my cinema.
If bitterness wants to get into the act, I offer it a cookie or a gumdrop.
Dance, vaudeville, drama, movies – as a child I loved everything that went on in a theater.
My films are an extension of my poetry, using the white screen like the white page to be filled with images.
True delicacy is not a fragile thing.
And to Shakespeare I owe my vision of the world as a theater, wherein all humans are acting out their parts.
If you don’t fill your days with love, you are wasting your life.
A born poet knows in his cradle that a poetic life is the only life worth living.