I had problems getting my words out. If people spoke directly to me, I understood what they said. But when the grownups got to yakking really fast by themselves, it just sounded like ‘oi oi.’ I thought grownups had a separate language. I’ve now figured out I was not hearing the hard consonant sounds.
And so we said to General Motors that the solution had to be a first year increase, which had to be sizeable because we had to catch up with the lost position as against the cost of living and we had to make some progress.
Little said is soon amended. There is always time to add a word, never to withdraw one.
Today is the first of August. It is hot, steamy and wet. It is raining. I am tempted to write a poem. But I remember what it said on one rejection slip: ‘After a heavy rainfall, poems titled ‘Rain’ pour in from across the nation.’
Nearly all institutions, it might be said, are based on signs, but these signs do not directly evoke things.
I’ve said my piece. My time now is entirely focused on family.
It has been said that man is a rational animal. All my life I have been searching for evidence which could support this.
Auden said poetry makes nothing happen. But I wonder if the opposite could be true. It could make something happen.
I’ve said what I’m prepared to say in my poems, and then journalists think that you’re going to tell them a whole lot more.
It cannot be said that the Constitution formed ‘the people of the United States,’ for all time, into a corporation. It does not speak of ‘the people’ as a corporation, but as individuals. A corporation does not describe itself as ‘we,’ nor as ‘people,’ nor as ‘ourselves.’ Nor does a corporation, in legal language, have any ‘posterity.’