Poetry carries the imagery which is large enough for the kind of life we want for ourselves.
From the beginning of the presidential nominating conventions in the 1830’s really through the 1950’s, you had conventions that actually did real business.
To try to really land a spacecraft really on another world is really difficult, and if we lose that ability, it’s going to be heartbreaking.
The thing about great poetry is we have no defenses against it.
I always liked show biz and got to make a few training films at Boeing.
Tax dollars intended for science education must not be used to teach creationism as any sort of real explanation of nature, because any observation or process of inference about our origin and the nature of the universe disproves creationism in every respect.
When I’m working with German audiences, I will call on my Rilke and Goethe in the original.
The great poems are not about experience, but are the experience itself, felt in the body.
To regret fully is to appreciate how high the stakes are in even the average human life; fully experienced, it turns our eyes, attentive and alert, to a future possibly lived better than our past.
Television isn’t inherently good or bad. You go to a bookstore, there are how many thousands of books, but how many of those do you want? Five? Television’s the same way. If you’re going to show people stuff, television is the way to go. Words and pictures show things.