Quotations From DAVID ANTIN


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  • Children frequently sing meaningful phrases to themselves over and over again before they learn to make a distinction between singing and saying.
  • 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.
  • For several centuries what has passed for song in literary circles was any text that looked like the lyrics for a commonplace melodic setting.
  • I hardly remember how I started to write poetry. Its hard to imagine what I thought poetry could do.
  • I can manage a prose format as long as I keep closer to Laurence Sterne than to Henry James.
  • I am quite unsatisfied by the distinctions between the oral and literate.
  • 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.
  • From this entertainment industry, may the gods of language protect us.
  • Disney made a fortune out of inventing the businessmans idea of the imaginary as the contradictory of the businessmans idea of the real.
  • 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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