If you're too open-minded; your brains will fall out.— Lawrence Ferlinghetti
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Poetry is eternal graffiti written in the heart of everyone.
Anyone who saw Nagasaki would suddenly realize that they'd been kept in the dark by the United States government as to what atomic bombs can do.
If you would be a poet, write living newspapers.
Be a reporter from outer space, filing dispatches to some supreme managing editor who believes in full disclosure and has a low tolerance for bullshit.
Freedom of speech is always under attack by Fascist mentality, which exists in all parts of the world, unfortunately.
I am waiting for the lost music to sound again in a new rebirth of wonder.
I am awaiting perpetually and forever a renaissance of wonder
We have seen the best minds of our generation destroyed by boredom at poetry readings.
Beauty stands and waits with gravity to start her death-defying leap
The art has to make it on its own, without explanations, and it’s the same for poetry. If the poem or the painting has to be explained, then it’s a failure in communication.
To say one is revolutionary is a little like saying one is a Zen Buddhist - if you say you are, you probably aren't.
Constantly risking absurdity and death whenever he performs above the heads of his audience, the poet, like an acrobat, climbs on rhyme to a high wire of his own making.
In Plato's republic, poets were considered subversive, a danger to the republic.
I kind of relish that role. So I see my present role as a gadfly, to use my soapbox to promote my various ideas and obsesions.
There is an ecstatic mechanism in birds that makes them fly upwards in spite of worms.
Don't patronize the chain bookstores.
Every time I see some author scheduled to read and sign his books at a chain bookstore, I feel like telling him he's stabbing the independent bookstores in the back.
See it was like this when we waltz into this place.
A couple of papish cats is doing an Aztec two-step And I says Dad let's cut but then this dame comes up behind me see and says you and me could really exist Wow I says Only the next day she has bad teeth and really hates poetry.
the poet like an acrobat climbs on rime to a high wire of his own making.
I think if there's a great depression there might be some hope.
This is all very nice, because the ideas that Jack and the Beat generation stood for are needed today more than ever. But I'm not so interested in nostalgia. I'm interested in the future.
I'm reading a book about Romaine Brooks, a wonderful painter from early in the last century.
Everything the Beats stood for was the opposite of the dominant culture today.
Recipe For Happiness Khaborovsk Or Anyplace' One grand boulevard with trees with one grand cafe in sun with strong black coffee in very small cups. One not necessarily very beautiful man or woman who loves you. One fine day.
I'd ban all automobiles from the central part of the city.
You see, the automobile was just a passing fad. It's got to go. It's got to go a long way from here.
Don't bow down to critics who have not themselves written great masterpieces.
In Goya's greatest scenes we seem to see the people of the world exactly at the moment when they first attained the title of 'suffering humanity
Southern California, where the American Dream came too true.
T.S. Eliot's influence was enormous on my generation. Much more than Ezra Pound. I actually had to put T.S. Eliot books out of the house because my poetry was so influenced. Everything I wrote sounded like Eliot.
The paintings may communicate even better because people are lazy and they can look at a painting with less effort than they can read a poem.
I didn’t know that painters and writers retired. They’re like soldiers – they just fade away.
They were looking for a stable, but we didn't have one. In fact, we weren't very stable ourselves.
It's much easier to consume the visual image than to read something.
We have to raise the consciousness; the only way poets can change the world is to raise the consciousness of the general populace.
The world is a beautiful place to be born into if you don't mind some people dying all the time or maybe only starving some of the time which isn't half so bad if it isn't you.
Paperbacks weren't considered real books in the book trade.
Up till then it was just murder mysteries, potboilers, 25-cent pocket books sold in newsstands. When the New York publishers started publishing quality paperbacks, there was no place to buy them.
These are international criminals, and the spineless Democrats are doing nothing about it.
Poetry must be capable of answering the challenge of apocalytpic times, even if this means sounding apocaltypic.
For even bad poetry has relevance for what it does not say for what it leaves out.
We were just a one-room bookstore; we didn't have any money for lawyers.
When you're young, everything seems like a romance.
At 96, I can still feel romantic about publishing young unknown writers.
I feel there is an angel in me' she'd say 'whom I am constantly shocking
When I was a boy I was my father.
I once started out to walk around the world but ended up in Brooklyn, that Bridge was too much for me.
Communism wasn't a word that I thought of when I went to Cuba.
The original Fidelistas were not Communists. They were graduate students at the university and law students. After the Fidelistas took over, they went to Washington and tried to get support from the U.S. government, which turned them down. They were in a desperate political and economic situation, so they took the offer from the Soviet Union. Communism was a matter of necessity.
I am waiting for the war to be fought which will make the world safe for anarchy
Poets, come out of your closets, Open your windows, open your doors, You have been holed up too long in your closed worlds... Poetry should transport the public/to higher places/than other wheels can carry it.
Almost every truly creative being alienated & expatriated in his own country
A lot of manuscripts that come in, you wonder by what outrageous fantasy the author believes that this should be pressed into print.
Make your mind learn its way around the heart.
The state of the world calls out for poetry to save it.
Poetry is a naked woman, a naked man, and the distance between them.