Quotations From MICHAEL WALKER


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  • 'BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU' is written on every parking ticket.'
    - M. Walker. George Orwell's novel '1984' ends with the words 'BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU', which I adapted to comment on the mentality of fining people for minor infringements. The novel '1984' gives a picture of an imaginary totalitarian state, in which all citizens are under close surveillance by the state. A horror situation, which the hero and dissenter, Winston Smith eventually gives in to. It is by no means impossible that a scientific totalitarian state could come about. 'Political correctness' is one step along the way.
  • In a city, the most precious item for sale is time.
    This is my original thought. I do not like wasting time or have shop assistants keep me waiting unnecessarily. I am impatient. Time is precious.M. Walker.
  • 'Poetry is the friend of meditation and research. Poems flourish in complete silence'.
    My own idea, based on my own experience. I need absolute quiet for writing, no radio, nothing. For some dramatic monologues, like 'A Farewell Note', I read several books to get the facts and figures right, just like research. If facts are wrong, the poem instantly loses credibility.
  • 'Poetry is the ruby of emotion, but also the diamond of thought'.
    Mine, original. I think there needs to be both emotion and academic thought in most poems. The poem should move the reader emotionally, but also result from thought, planning, even research'.
  • 'You say save the trees: I say save the people'.
    I am influenced by June Jordan's anti-green thought. I was like this long before, too. To me, people and their needs are more important than trees-the opposite of green thinking in this country.
  • 'Life is not fair. Nothing is fair'.
    Murray Parker, b.1944, is a former NZ cricket player, whose son, Mark, was killed in the terrorist attack in a Bali nightclub,2002. I agree with Murray Parker's comment.
  • ' It's about the people and, you know, that's what I vibe on, them sticking with me when I go out and do concerts and it's about touching and give and take and such. It's about the people'.

    'It's a great feeling to know that the people who buy your records vote for you also. I mean that's a lot to say right there.'

    'It's (singing) like a surge of energy. It's like taking off and just flying'.
    -Whitney Houston. (1963-2012) . Interviewed on the DVD 'Always. Whitney Houston', c.1988.
  • 'Life is too short for trial and error'.

    'Words can become tyrants if you let them: I have to control words, or they will control me'.

    'Printed pages need to be filed in order, or they will cause you grief. You will lose valuable time looking for pages'.
    -Michael Walker. I have discovered these truths through experience (empiricism) . I have felt real distress looking for papers. I have had to become more methodical.
  • 'I have met them at close of day
    Coming with vivid faces
    From counter or desk among grey
    Eighteenth-century houses.
    I have passed with a nod of the head
    Or polite, meaningless words,
    Or have lingered a while and said
    Polite, meaningless words, '...

    All changed, changed utterly:
    A terrible beauty is born.- some lines of the opening stanza of 'Easter,1916'.
    -W. B. Yeats. (1865-1939) .
  • 'Words are gradually yielding their deepest secrets to me'.
    I have served a long, challenging apprenticeship in poetry writing.I have made many mistakes along the way, but at least I have learnt from those mistakes. I have paid my dues.
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