It is only too easy to make suggestions and later try to escape the consequences of what we say.
And if they haven’t got poetry in them, there’s nothing you can do that will produce it.
When I was asked to be Writer in Residence at Edinburgh I thought, you can’t teach poetry. This is ridiculous.
The person who runs away exposes himself to that very danger more than a person who sits quietly.
And it’s impossible for me to read Henry James.
However, I learned something. I thought that if the young person, the student, has poetry in him or her, to offer them help is like offering a propeller to a bird.
Democracy is good. I say this because other systems are worse.
The only alternative to coexistence is codestruction.
I find it’s impossible for me to read Proust.