I had lived all of my youthful dreams, but I...
Jack Gilbert Quotes
I had lived all of my youthful dreams, but I couldn't think of many adult ones. I finally realized that we don't have many dreams for adults because, historically, people have always died much younger than they do today.
About the author
Born: 18 Feb 1925
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Edgar Allan Poe
T. S. Eliot
My father never liked me or my sister, and he never liked our mother either, after an initial infatuation, and in fact, he never liked anyone at all after an hour or two, no, no one except a stooge.
You're isolated as a writer, so I always envied people who could get up early and drive to work and fit into society.
I have friends who died being successful bohemians. Today, I see people my age who are gifted but who insisted on staying in this group, and it's beaten them so bad. They have to spend so much time on ego maintenance, they can't get any work done. They'd be very happy to sell out, but there are no buyers, and that hurts.
The difference between 'lighght' and another type of poem with more words is that it doesn't have a reading process. Even a five-word poem has a beginning, middle, and end. A one-word poem doesn't. You can see it all at once. It's instant.
As I grow older, the idea takes increasing hold in me that we've misunderstood our own delicacy and diversity as human beings.
There's not a good poet I know who has not at the beck and call of his memory a vast quantity of poetry that composes his mental library.
Poetry operates by hints and dark suggestions. It is full of secrets and hidden formulae, like a witch's brew.
Mysteries, like the Masonic rites, are ones parents and elders are sworn not to reveal to the uninitiated, which include all children. And so we sought for signs.
Children know from a remarkably early age that things are being kept from them, that grown-ups participate in a world of mysteries.
It doesn't seem to me strange that children should like the macabre, the sensational, and the forbidden.