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“Your poems are rather hard to understand, whereas your paintings are so easy.
Of course—you paint flowers and girls and sunsets; things that everybody understands.
I never met him.
Did you ever hear of nonrepresentational painting?
I am a painter, and painting is nonrepresentational.
Not all painting.
No: housepainting is representational.
And what does a housepainter represent?
Ten dollars an hour.
In other words, you don’t want to be serious—
It takes two to be serious.”
“The city is one very long poem. A lazy rhythm looms in the dreamy air and the atmosphere pulsates with bygone duels, past-life romance... The devil comes here and sighs... Somebody puts something in front of you here and you might as well drink it.”
“The poem, to me (until I go broke) is an attempt, an experiment, a failing experiment, toward assertion with broken means but an assertion, always, of a new and total culture, the lifting of an environment to expression. Thus it is social, the poem is a social instrument.”
“I'm not sure of any direct influence, but some of my most successful poems are short poems. They have kind of a distilled focus, like Dickinson. They're very elliptical. She is quite elliptical - she distills down to the core. But my poetry doesn't sound like Dickinson's.”