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Robert Lowell

I do think free will is sewn into everything we do; you can’t cross a street, light a cigarette, drop saccharine in your coffee without really doing it. Yet the possible alternatives that life allows us are very few, often there must be none. I’ve never thought there was any choice for me about writing poetry. No doubt if I used my head better, ordered my life better, worked harder etc., the poetry would be improved, and there must be many lost poems, innumerable accidents and ill-done actions. But asking you is the might have been for me, the one towering change, the other life that might have been had. ― Robert Lowell, Words in Air: The Complete Correspondence Between Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell. (Farrar, Straus and Giroux; First Edition edition October 28, 2008) Originally published 2000.

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