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James Broughton Quotes


An American poet, and poetic filmmaker.
(1913 - 1999)

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

Acclaim is a distraction.
 

Adversity is a stimulus.
[Adversity]
 

Amazement awaits us at every corner.
 

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

Being identified as a poet in France or Denmark or India one is greeted with gracious respect.
 

Consciousness is the glory of creation.
 

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

Everything is Song. Everything is Silence. Since it all turns out to be illusion, perfectly being what it is, having nothing to do with good or bad, you are free to die laughing.
 

Everything that ever happened is still happening. Past, present and future keep happening in the eternity which is Here and Now.
 

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

For me, prose walks, poetry dances.
 

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

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

I like things which appear fragile but are tough inside.
 

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.
 

I'm happy to report that my inner child is still ageless.
 

If bitterness wants to get into the act, I offer it a cookie or a gumdrop.
 


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