David Antin Quotes

9 David Antin quotes:

"Children frequently sing meaningful phrases to themselves over and over again before they learn to make a distinction between singing and saying."
"I am quite unsatisfied by the distinctions between the oral and literate."
"I can manage a prose format as long as I keep closer to Laurence Sterne than to Henry James."
"I didn't think about whether I was writing poems. I was thinking. And the more I was thinking, the more there was I didn't understand."
"I hardly remember how I started to write poetry. It's hard to imagine what I thought poetry could do."
"I wanted to be an inventor, whatever I thought that meant then. I guess I was thinking of Edison or maybe James Watt. Or maybe even Newton."
"I was trying to find out what it was that everybody else understood without giving up my stubborn and hard-won lack of understanding."
"I'm aware of my audience in a way, and I do try to engage with them while I'm trying to go about my business of thinking. I believe they help me by providing a focus."
"When you grow up in a family of languages, you develop a kind of casual fluency, so that languages, though differently colored, all seem transparent to experience."

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