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My first and last love are songs.

When I’m asked about poetry in Chicago, I’m inclined to reply with the old Quaker response: “I don’t know what you’re talking about.”

It’s also the nature of mythology to slowly but surely seep into the collective consciousness.

[The House Wakes]

Ideas are never as important as appearances and narratives. The groove of the story can outlast any series of good ideas, and no idea stands a chance unless it can find a groove.

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Poet, fiction writer, and critic Alfred Corn applies his special language skills to a comparison of the two dominant versions of the English language. The United States and Britain have been described as "divided by a common language," but this guide will help speakers from both countries make their way in the other.

[Utah]

I am a "mutt," a cut up, a clown. Clowns are trained to run the emotional registers from funny to sad, from sublime to raunchy. Clowns believe that these mixed registers provide the ontological truth of existing.

Scholars of Anglo-Saxon history and language contend that the prefix “chap-” is derived from the ancient word “ceap,” while others maintain it is merely a corruption of “cheap;” however, most attribute the word's popularity to the chapman—European peddler, reporter, and rogue-of-all-trades from the 16th to at least the 18th century.

[from Get Your Slip On]

This is a strange story. It is liable to get me laughed at.

[Word to Oneself]

In order to write, Beckett first had to wipe the slate clean and wipe out conventional notions about the nature of human reality.

A true folk artist wouldn't worry about the purity of what he was doing.

I think it’s the excitement of language that can bring forth the illustrative in such an electrifying way.

[I write for ghosts]