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

6th separation meditation

it appears whole
it has been
thought of
as good
not reasoned out
he uses
he is bound
to a state
he has recognized
even if the description is a delusion
it is worth while to speak of logic
frequently
it depends on knowledge
to translate it
suggests conflict
which is
implied
in the word
demonstration
it would seem
the more formal
the meaning seems to be
the more
from the center of your being
that feeling
that nothing
either for me or my friend
the conjecture
this meaning
or material
is applied at the ...

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