To try to really land a spacecraft really on another world is really difficult, and if we lose that ability, it’s going to be heartbreaking.
I knew I would read all kinds of books and try to get at what it is that makes good writers good. But I made no promises that I would write books a lot of people would like to read.
People deal too much with the negative, with what is wrong. Why not try and see positive things, to just touch those things and make them bloom?
The next five months are grim ones. I always feel sorry to have the summertime change, with the dark evenings closing in mid-afternoon, and will try to lay in some physical comforts these months – the best insurance against gloominess for me.
As often as you fail, get up and try again. God will never let you down, so long as you don’t let Him down, and so long as you make the effort.
I like connecting the abstract to the concrete. There’s a tension in that. I believe the reader or listener should be able to enter the poem as a participant. So I try to get past resolving poems.
The aim, if reached or not, makes great the life: Try to be Shakespeare, leave the rest to fate!
I try to show what it is about language and music that enthralls, because I think those are the two elements of poetry.
I liked the kid who wrote me that he had to do a term paper on a modern poet and he was doing me because, though they say you have to read poems twice, he found he could handle mine in one try.
When you have enough understanding and compassion in you, then that amount of understanding and compassion will try to express itself in action. And your practice should help you to cultivate more understanding and compassion.