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" It seems this is an age of clever critics who keep bewailing the fact that there are no works worthy of criticism. "
" 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.' "
" I felt proud that the baby's first real adventure should be as a protest against the insanity of world annihilation. Already a certain percentage of unborn children are doomed by fallout, and no one knows the cumulative effects of what is already poisoning the air and sea. "
" There must be quite a few things that a hot bath won't cure, but I don't know many of them. "
" My mother had taught shorthand and typing to support us since my father died, and secretly she hated it and hated him for dying and leaving no money because he didn't trust life insurance salesmen. "
" One should be able to control and manipulate experiences with an informed and intelligent mind. "
" Nothing stinks like a pile of unpublished writing. "
" I love people. Everybody. I love them, I think, as a stamp collector loves his collection. Every story, every incident, every bit of conversation is raw material for me. "
" Since my woman's world is perceived greatly through the emotions and the senses, I treat it that way in my writing - and am often overweighted with heavy descriptive passages and a kaleidoscope of similes. "
" I have the choice of being constantly active and happy or introspectively passive and sad. "
" My childhood landscape was not land but the end of the land - the cold, salt, running hills of the Atlantic. I sometimes think my vision of the sea is the clearest thing I own. "
" Poetry at its best can do you a lot of harm. "
" For a time, I believed not in God nor Santa Claus, but in mermaids. They seemed as logical and possible to me as the brittle twig of a seahorse in the zoo aquarium or the skates lugged up on the lines of cursing Sunday fishermen - skates the shape of old pillowslips with the full, coy lips of women. "
" I think my poems immediately come out of the sensuous and emotional experiences I have. "
" Wear your heart on your skin in this life. "
" Kiss me and you will see how important I am. "
" If you expect nothing from anybody, you're never disappointed. "
" It is as if my life were magically run by two electric currents: joyous positive and despairing negative - whichever is running at the moment dominates my life, floods it. "
" If I have not the power to put myself in the place of other people, but must be continually burrowing inward, I shall never be the magnanimous creative person I wish to be. Yet I am hypnotized by the workings of the individual, alone, and am continually using myself as a specimen. "
" There is something suspect, especially in America, about people who don't have ten-year plans for a career or at least a regular job. "
" What a man is is an arrow into the future, and what a woman is is the place the arrow shoots off from. "
" I have felt great advances in my poetry, the main one being a growing victory over word nuances and a superfluity of adjectives. "
" But life is long. And it is the long run that balances the short flare of interest and passion. "
" The sea was our main entertainment. When company came, we set them before it on rugs, with thermoses and sandwiches and colored umbrellas, as if the water - blue, green, gray, navy or silver as it might be - were enough to watch. "
" There is so much hurt in this game of searching for a mate, of testing, trying. And you realize suddenly that you forgot it was a game, and turn away in tears. "
" Mother believed that I should have an enormous amount of sleep, and so I was never really tired when I went to bed. This was the best time of day, when I could lie in the vague twilight, drifting off to sleep, making up dreams inside my head the way they should go. "
" Widow. The word consumes itself. "
" We fitted, amusingly enough, into none of the form categories of 'The Young American Couple'... security to us is in ourselves, and no job, not even money, can give us what we have to develop: faith in our work and hard, hard work, which is Spartan in many ways. "
" Perhaps when we find ourselves wanting everything, it is because we are dangerously close to wanting nothing. "
" Poetry, I feel, is a tyrannical discipline. You've got to go so far so fast in such a small space; you've got to burn away all the peripherals. "
" How frail the human heart must be - a mirrored pool of thought. "