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Allen Ginsberg

Poetry is words that are empowered to make your hair stand on end, that you realize instantly as being some form of subjective truth that has an objective reality to it, because somebody has realized it. Then you call it poetry later. — Allen Ginsberg remarking on Bob Dylan’s ability to write poetry, No Direction… Continue reading Allen Ginsberg

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Ashley York

Sometimes you have to leave where you came from to find your voice. And other times, you have to return to that same place to listen for a deeper understanding. — Ashley York, from the documentary Hillbilly (The Orchard Production Co., 2019)

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Andrei Tarkovsky

I think a person needs to learn from childhood to find himself alone. It means to not be bored when you’re by yourself, because a person who finds himself bored when alone – as it seems to me – is in danger. —  Andrei Tarkovsky, A Poet in the Cinema. (1883)

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Audre Lorde

Don’t wait for inspiration. Remember. Do not wait for inspiration. You don’t need to be inspired, to write a poem. You need to reach down and touch the thing that’s boiling inside of you and make it somehow useful. –Audre Lorde, A Litany for Survival: The Life and Work of Audre Lorde (1995) Directed by… Continue reading Audre Lorde

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Neil deGrasse

It is the destiny of stars to collapse. —  Neil deGrasse Tyson, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey. Episode 8 “Sisters of the Sun.” Written by Brannon Braga. Directed by Ann Druyan & Steven Soter. April 27, 2014. Based on Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, Carl Sagan, Ann Druyan & Steven Soter. September 28, 1980 – December 21,… Continue reading Neil deGrasse

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