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Charles Olson

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  • I'm one of the cliches that has grown up.

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  • I hope you're representing the devil's advocate.

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  • The poem, for me, is simply the first sound realized in the modality of being.

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  • Fact is based upon vulgar matter.

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  • We're all moving, moving, moving. Isn't it nice?

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  • I sound like Homer. I mean Winslow Homer.

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  • This morning of the small snow I count the blessings, the leak in the faucet which makes of the sink time, the drop of the water on water.

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  • I was playing catch with the European audience.

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  • The heroes of the present will retreat to the imitation they are anyhow.

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  • You can read everybody. It's not even interesting to tell the truth because to some extent it's false.

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  • I'm trying to climb up both walls at once.

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  • I defer to all these other American poets who, for some reason, I both envy and admire.

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  • We all want what's been suddenly disallowed.

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  • There is a grace of life which is still yours, my dear Europe.

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  • I remember way back when I was young, 10 years ago.

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  • I am happy to have some friends here in the kitchen.

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  • I don't live for poetry. I live far more than anybody else does.

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  • You don't help people in your poems. I've been trying to help people all my life - that's my trouble.

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  • You can do anything, literally, right? That's one of the exciting possibilities of the present.

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  • This country has been unconscious, and it's got to awake. That's my belief.

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  • When will government cease being a nuisance to everybody?

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  • I'm sorry, but I was born with a towel on my head.

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  • Forgive me if I sleep until I wake up.

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