Everywhere I go I find a poet has been there before me.
“Education is the passport to the future for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.”
“We read to know that we are not alone.”
You see, libraries is people. It’s not books.
People are waiting in there, thousands of people, who wrote the books. So it’s much more personal than just a book. So when you open a book, the person pops out and becomes you. You look at Charles Dickens, and you are Charles Dickens, and he is you. So you go in the library and you pull a book off the shelf, and you open it, and what are you looking for? A mirror. All of a sudden, a mirror is there and you see yourself, but your name is Charles Dickens. That’s what a library is. Or the book is Shakespeare, and so you become William Shakespeare or you become Emily Dickinson or Robert Frost or all the great poets. So you find the author who can lead you through the dark.
—NEA Big Read
‘Home is the place where, when you have to go there,
They have to take you in.’
“Words add to the senses. The words for the dazzle
Of mica, the dithering of grass,
The Arachne integument of dead trees,
Are the eye grown larger, more intense.”
— from “Variations on a Summer Day” by Wallace Stevens
“Mythmaking is the evolutionary enterprise of translating truths.”
-from When Women Were Birds
“Of course it is impossible to tell the truth. For example, how does one know it? I will not belabor the difficulty by telling you how hard I have tried. And if compulsion forces me to tell the truth, it may also lead me into error, or invention.”
“Important encounters are planned by the souls long before the bodies see each other.”
“The public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius.”
From The Critic as Artist