The image is more than an idea. It is a vortex or cluster of fused ideas and is endowed with energy.
Literature is news that stays news.
Of course a poem is a two-way street. No poem is any good if it doesn’t suggest to the reader things from his own mind and recollection that he will read into it, and will add to what the poet has suggested. But I do think poetry readings are very important.
The act of bell ringing is symbolic of all proselytizing religions. It implies the pointless interference with the quiet of other people.
People find ideas a bore because they do not distinguish between live ones and stuffed ones on a shelf.
Power without abuse loses its charm.
War: a massacre of people who don’t know each other for the profit of people who know each other but don’t massacre each other.
I think most people read and re-read the things that they have liked. That’s certainly true in my case. I re-read Pound a great deal, I re-read Williams, I re-read Thomas, I re-read the people whom I cam to love when I was at what you might call a formative stage.
No star is ever lost we once have seen, we always may be what we might have been.
I think one ages and one dates. I tend to have a good deal of difficulty in liking some of the new poets.