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james broughton

Adversity is a stimulus.

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Most poets in their youth begin in adolescent sadness. I find it more rewarding to end in gladness.

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Rarest of the real poets are born poets. They are the oddballs, not the professors.

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A born poet knows in his cradle that a poetic life is the only life worth living.

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Consciousness is the glory of creation.

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Dance, vaudeville, drama, movies - as a child I loved everything that went on in a theater.

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Acclaim is a distraction.

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I never wanted to dilute my private passion for the art by airing and arguing it in public.

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The quietest poetry can be an explosion of joy.

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For me, prose walks, poetry dances.

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My films are an extension of my poetry, using the white screen like the white page to be filled with images.

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Poetry for me is as much a spiritual practice as sexual ecstasy is.

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For me a poem has to sing out of itself and the lilt of it carries the magic.

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I had a toy theater and a magic lantern, and when I was eight I built a stage for theatricals in the attic.

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I consider my films to be poems that are all as personal as my writing and as hand-made.

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I often start writing in order to excite an expansive emotion.

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My major aim in writing is to set out flags and issue wake-up calls.

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The only limits are, as always, those of vision.

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And to Shakespeare I owe my vision of the world as a theater, wherein all humans are acting out their parts.

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Work in the theater sharpened my verse and my cinema.

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