Robert Westlake


Biography of Robert Westlake

My name is Robert Westlake, and I am an aspiring poet from the Detroit Area. I have only written a few poems as of when I am writing this (February 5,2012) , but I have some new ideas and hope to write more soon. Please enjoy my poetry. I appreciate feedback.

'We're all of us children in a vast kindergarten trying to spell God's name with the wrong alphabet blocks.'

- Edwin Arlington Robinson

'Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion; it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things.'

- T.S. Eliot

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The Mask

The mask controls what I am. Night never
Ends. Sun does not rise. Why must the facade
Control what is? I see many more by
Me, around me. I cannot show who I
Am or who I want to be in the field
Of battle, of living. A box of glass
Surrounds the flower, causes it to look
Like a cactus, causes it to do what
It does not want, it does not need, It wants

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