Nothing in the universe can travel at the speed of light, they say, forgetful of the shadow’s speed.
It may be said that poems are in one way like icebergs: only about a third of their bulk appears above the surface of the page.
The spirit world doesn’t admit to communicating with me, so it’s fairly even.
When you write it doesn’t occur to you that somebody could think different from what you do.
A teacher is a person who never says anything once.
A chronicle is very different from history proper.
When I was starting to write, the great influence was T.S. Eliot and after that William Butler Yeats.
I’ve never read a political poem that’s accomplished anything. Poetry makes things happen, but rarely what the poet wants.
I’ve thought of the last line of some poems for years and tried them out, It wouldn’t work because the last line was much too beautiful for the poem.