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Life makes writing poetry necessary to prove I really was paying attention.

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I tend to like poems that engage me - that is to say, which do not bore me.

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I am not concerned with truth, nor with conventional notions of what is beautiful.

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Nothing is the destiny of everyone, it is our commonness made dumb.

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Pain is filtered in a poem so that it becomes finally, in the end, pleasure.

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Poetry is, first and last, language - the rest is filler.

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I have been eating poetry.

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A life is not sufficiently elevated for poetry, unless, of course, the life has been made into an art.

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I would say that American poetry has always been a poetry of personal testimony.

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Each moment is a place you've never been.

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The future is always beginning now.

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For some of us, the less said about the way we do things the better.

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From the reader's view, a poem is more demanding than prose.

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