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" A born poet knows in his cradle that a poetic life is the only life worth living. "
" Rarest of the real poets are born poets. They are the oddballs, not the professors. "
" If you don't fill your days with love, you are wasting your life. "
" Most poets, like most people, try hard to be like someone they admire or they are possessed with an image of what they ought to be. "
" I'm happy to report that my inner child is still ageless. "
" And to Shakespeare I owe my vision of the world as a theater, wherein all humans are acting out their parts. "
" True delicacy is not a fragile thing. "
" Adversity is a stimulus. "
" Some artists shrink from self-awareness, fearing that it will destroy their unique gifts and even their desire to create. The truth of the matter is quite opposite. "
" I like things which appear fragile but are tough inside. "
" The only limits are, as always, those of vision. "
" Everything is Song. Everything is Silence. Since it all turns out to be illusion, perfectly being what it is, having nothing to do with good or bad, you are free to die laughing. "
" For me, prose walks, poetry dances. "
" Amazement awaits us at every corner. "
" I never wanted to dilute my private passion for the art by airing and arguing it in public. "
" The quietest poetry can be an explosion of joy. "
" In the world of poetry there are would-be poets, workshop poets, promising poets, lovesick poets, university poets, and a few real poets. "
" I tried to stir the imagination and enthusiasms of students to take risks, to do what they were most afraid of doing, to widen their horizons of action. "
" Consciousness is the glory of creation. "
" The American public does not know poets exist. "
" My earliest poems sing of the absolute necessity of allowing love to invade and pervade one's life. That can make the miracle happen in reality. Try it. "
" Acclaim is a distraction. "
" Today the U.S. is farther from being nourished by poetry than it was a hundred years ago, when books of poems were best-sellers. "
" My major aim in writing is to set out flags and issue wake-up calls. "
" Trusting your individual uniqueness challenges you to lay yourself open. "