David Antin

(1932 / New York City, New York)

David Antin Quotes

  • ''Children frequently sing meaningful phrases to themselves over and over again before they learn to make a distinction between singing and saying.''
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  • ''A myth is the name of a terrible lie told by a smelly little brown person to a man in a white suit with a pair of binoculars.''
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  • ''For several centuries what has passed for song in literary circles was any text that looked like the lyrics for a commonplace melodic setting.''
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  • ''I hardly remember how I started to write poetry. Its hard to imagine what I thought poetry could do.''
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  • ''I can manage a prose format as long as I keep closer to Laurence Sterne than to Henry James.''
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  • ''I am quite unsatisfied by the distinctions between the oral and literate.''
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  • ''The self is an oral society in which the present is constantly running a dialogue with the past and the future inside of one skin.''
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  • ''From this entertainment industry, may the gods of language protect us.''
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  • ''Disney made a fortune out of inventing the businessmans idea of the imaginary as the contradictory of the businessmans idea of the real.''
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  • ''I didnt think about whether I was writing poems. I was thinking. And the more I was thinking, the more there was I didnt understand.''
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Best Poem of David Antin

the second hundred: for sid luft

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there are two sides to every story and to abbreviate one side is to diminish a side of a wall creating an absence that is stronger than any presence and making any attempt at accurate construction hopeless sid luft is such an accusative absence perhaps you have never had to address yourself to a wraith to proceed adverbially naming effects as of the wind upon trees or Van der Waals forces on a surface but sid luft was a test pilot had flown grumman p 47's called thunderbolts and twin-fuselaged p 38's called lightnings and thought it an agreeable task his ...

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