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A good writer cannot avoid having social consciousness. I don't mean this about small pieces of writing, but about a big book. If it's a big book, there has to be more than one undertow.
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A lawyer I once knew told me of a strange case, a suffragette who had never married. After her death, he opened her trunk and discovered 50 wedding gowns.
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All creatures are flawed, but out of the flaw may come the universe.
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All my writing is about the recognition that there is no single reality. But the beauty of it is that you nevertheless go on, walking towards utopia, which may not exist, on a bridge which might end before you reach the other side.
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All the books I have written have been one book, from the beginning.
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At the age of 18 all young poets are sure they will be dead at 21 - of old age.
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Dreiser... I love... and almost wouldn't speak to anyone who ever attacked him.
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I believe that all my work explores the human desire or obsession for utopias, and the structure of all my works is the search for utopias lost and rediscovered.
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I don't believe there can be a poetic novel without political consciousness. I have a strong political conscience.
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I had a book, which was stolen, the art of the life of the character, in which you present a whole life in three of four pages. I used that method.
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I knew Anais Nin, who called me after I had been away for a few years. She was seeking help because at that time no one would give her a decent review. She was made fun of.
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I like Gertrude Stein, and spent two weeks with her at the University of Chicago.
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I never fantasized or invented a thing, not one thing. I knew every single thing I ever wrote about.
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I never thought of myself as either a woman or a man. I thought of myself as a person who was born to a writer, who was doomed to be a writer.
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I think most people don't like others who, without a voice of their own, emulate the other. I certainly don't want anybody just to pick up my thoughts and hand them back to me.
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I think the category between fiction and non-fiction is nothing. The poetry of non-fiction is as fabulous as any poetry you could ever write in fiction. Poets have greatly influenced me. The only difference between the novel as poem and the lyric as poem is the difference in length.
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I think there is a rage against women. I've come to see that now although at the time I did not notice it. I was preoccupied with my teaching and my writing.
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I was not influenced by Joyce although he's a great writer, and I love his work. I was influenced by Saint Augustine.
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I would never write realistic prose. I don't like people who try to write in a poetic style, but in the course of their book abandon it for realism, and weave back and forth like drunkards between the surreal and the real.
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I would say my theme has always been paradise lost, always the lost cause, the lost leader, the lost utopia.
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I would teach from nine to four, sleep an hour, and write from six until midnight, night after night.
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I'm as much influenced by Joseph Smith and the Mormons as I am, more so, than by Eliot. Actually, I'm much more influenced by the poetry of the Mormons.
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I'm quite sure that most writers would sustain real poetry if they could, but it takes devotion and talent.
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I've been willing to go for years without publishing. That's been my career.
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If there is no certain reality, the idea of following a leader must be scrutinized.
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If you don't have obsessions, don't write. my characters are obsessed.
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If you know anything about James Whitcomb Riley, you know that Little Orphan Annie is one of the most fantastic characters who ever lived in America before Charlie Chaplin.
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If you understand hallucination and illusion, you don't blindly follow any leader. You must know if the person is sane or insane, over the abyss.
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Is it experimental to have been influenced by the Bible? By Saint Augustine?
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It's the thing I never could write, the idea of identity and passage of the soul.
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Life has no beginning, middle or end.
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Like Kay Boyle, whose work I'm wild about, I could have married, written a book with every baby, a baby with every book.
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Some of the poetic writers who insert passages of realism in their texts have no underlying philosophy to uphold them, and revert to realism.
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The first money I ever had was when I received an award from the American Association of University Women.
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The first poem I ever wrote, about loss, when I was 5 years old, expressed the themes of everything I would ever write.
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There were also some cruel reviews by women, but the tone of the male reviewers, sometimes hysterical, was different. I have suffered, but I don't want to name names-but there have been men who have seemed to want to destroy me or my writing, men I don't even know.
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When the dream came into being, I always pursued it.
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When you have examined all the illusions of life and know that there isn't any reality, but you nevertheless go on, then you are a mature human being. You accept the idea that it is all mask and illusion and that people are in disguise. You see the crumbling of reality and you accept it.
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