I suppose I have written novels to find out what I thought about something and poems to find out what I felt about something.
"When writing, it always feels like I’m writing toward these spaces of care, these spaces of freedom."
Your work is not only books and pictures. They are but bits of it. Your work is You, not less than you, not parts of you… These days when you “cannot work” are accomplishing it, are of it, like the days when you “can work.” There is no division. It is all one. Your living is all of it; anything less is part of it. — Your silence will be read with your writings some day, your darkness will be part of the Light.
The fact that I use a lot of italics in my writing is indicative that I am an expressive, and perhaps even theatrical, person
“How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live!” Henry David Thoreau penned in his journal
And there is, for me, no difference between writing a good poem and moving into sunlight against the body of a woman I love.
The mystique of rock climbing is climbing; you get to the top of a rock glad it’s over but really wish it would go on forever. The justification of climbing is climbing, like the justification of poetry is writing; you don’t conquer anything except things in yourself…. The act of writing justifies poetry. Climbing is the same: recognizing that you are a flow. The purpose of the flow is to keep on flowing, not looking for a peak or utopia but staying in the flow. It is not a moving up but a continuous flowing; you move up to keep the flow going. There is no possible reason for climbing except the climbing itself; it is a self-communication.