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David Antin
February 1, 1932 -
Nationality: American
Category: Poet
Subcategory: American Poet

I've always had a strong feeling for the Statue of Liberty, because it became the statue of my personal liberty.


I had no idea where these kids at a small private college in the San Fernando Valley were coming from, why they were coming to hear me, or what they needed to know.


Children frequently sing meaningful phrases to themselves over and over again before they learn to make a distinction between singing and saying.


My rejection of the idea of entertainment in its current form is based on the audience that comes with it.


There are editing procedures for talks just as there are editing procedures in jazz improvisation.


Stories are different every time you tell them - they allow so many possible narratives.


I am quite unsatisfied by the distinctions between the oral and literate.


My way of thinking is very particular and concrete. It doesn't follow a continuous path.


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.


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.


It's hard being a hostage in somebody else's mouth - or a character in somebody else's novel.


The Sophists' paradoxical talk pieces and their public debates were entertainment in 5th century Greece. And in that world, Socrates was an entertainer.


I learned enough Hebrew to stagger through a meaningless ceremony that I scarcely remember.


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 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.


From this entertainment industry, may the gods of language protect us.


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