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Robert Penn Warren

Never expect to be able to will a poem into existence.
It must happen to you because
You are what you are–
With all your defects.

—Robert Penn Warren, from “A Few Axioms for a Young Man,” Uncollected Poems 1943-1989, The Collected Poems of Robert Penn Warren. (Louisiana State University Press, 1998)

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