It’s like breathing in and out to me. It’s like having a conversation with someone who isn’t there. Because it has to be addressed to somebody – not a particular person, or very rarely.
You don’t help people in your poems. I’ve been trying to help people all my life – that’s my trouble.
I’m very gregarious, but I love being in the hills on my own.
I’m trying to climb up both walls at once.
Atlantis will rise again.
I used to have a great love for Dostoyevsky and Tolstoy, the big boys of the last century.
When an individual is protesting society’s refusal to acknowledge his dignity as a human being, his very act of protest confers dignity on him.
The heroes of the present will retreat to the imitation they are anyhow.
You can read everybody. It’s not even interesting to tell the truth because to some extent it’s false.
I’m one of the cliches that has grown up.