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I always thought that poetry is the verdict that others give to a certain kind of writing. So to call yourself a poet is a…
My sense of proprietorship has been so weak that actually I didn’t pay attention and I lost the copyrights on a lot of the songs.
I always felt I was scraping the bottom of the barrel trying to get a song together.
If I knew where the good songs came from, I’d go there more often.
And most people have a woman in their heart, most men have a woman in their heart and most women have a man in their…
Journalists, especially English journalists, were very cruel to me. They said I only knew three chords when I knew five!
I don’t think you can write novels on the road. You need a certain stability.
I always considered myself a minor writer. My province is small, and I try to explore it very, very thoroughly.
I didn’t want to write for pay. I wanted to be paid for what I write.
Women stand for the objective world for a man. They stand for the thing that you’re not and that’s what you always reach for in…
In dreams the truth is learned that all good works are done in the absence of a caress.
Any startling piece of work has a subversive element in it, a delicious element often. Subversion is only disagreeable when it manifests in political or…
This is the most challenging activity that humans get into, which is love. You know, where we have the sense that we can’t live without…
I never really liked poetry readings; I liked to read poetry by myself, but I liked singing, chanting my lyrics to this jazz group.
I read with some amusement my reputation as a ladies’ man. My friends are amused by that, too, because they know my life.
Well, for one thing, in the tradition of Zen that I’ve practiced, there is no prayerful worship and there is no affirmation of a deity.
A woman watches her body uneasily, as though it were an unreliable ally in the battle for love.
As a young man, Yeats spoke to me in a way I could understand. Shakespeare I couldn’t understand, but Yeats I could. It was his…
And I had not much of a voice. I didn’t play that great guitar either.
When you stop thinking about yourself all the time, a certain sense of repose overtakes you.
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