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If you don't fill your days with love, you are wasting your life.

In the world of poetry there are would-be poets, workshop poets, promising poets, lovesick poets, university poets, and a few real poets.

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

Most poets, like most people, try hard to be like someone they admire or they are possessed with an image of what they ought to be.

My earliest poems sing of the absolute necessity of allowing love to invade and pervade one's life. That can make the miracle happen in reality. Try it.

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

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

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

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

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.

The American public does not know poets exist.

The most astonishing joy is to receive from the muses the gift of a whole lyric.

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

The quietest poetry can be an explosion of joy.

Today the U.S. is farther from being nourished by poetry than it was a hundred years ago, when books of poems were best-sellers.

True delicacy is not a fragile thing.

Trusting your individual uniqueness challenges you to lay yourself open.

Work in the theater sharpened my verse and my cinema.

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