It is evident that in the period designated as that of the kings, when Rome commenced her career of conquest, she was, for that time and country, a great and wealthy city.
I am a genius who has written poems that will survive with the best of Shakespeare, Wordsworth and Keats.
Innumerable confusions and a feeling of despair invariably emerge in periods of great technological and cultural transition.
I think of something quite different from a snapshot. I know of a lot of poems, some very fine ones, that are like snapshots, but I’m more interested in poetry that is like an endless film, long stories, things that weave together many different strands, like a big piece of cloth, not like a photograph.
Madison Avenue is a very powerful aggression against private consciousness. A demand that you yield your private consciousness to public manipulation.
There is something about the way that Greek poets, say Aeschylus, use metaphor that really attracts me. I don’t think I can imitate it, but there’s a density to it that I think I’m always trying to push towards in English.
This paper was one of my digressions into abstract economics.
I’m not being naive; I realise there’s no such thing as a pure reading. But I’d rather keep myself as far out of it as I can.
Darkness is to space what silence is to sound, i.e., the interval.
We participate in the creation of the world by decreating ourselves.