Rainer Maria Rilke Said:

The artist’s experience lies so unbelievably close to the sexual, to its pain and its pleasure, that the two phenomena are really just different forms of one and the same longing and bliss.

I know if I am not feeling that level of intensity when I am writing (with what I am writing) that I am just phoning it in. When I do work that I feel has some courage and life and fire in it, I feel the same level of vulnerability writing that I feel as when I am making love.

They who shelte…

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They who shelter the heads of writers do the work of angels.

Poetry is all b…

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Poetry is all blood and pauses. I look forward to closing the door on fiction for a time, and dedicating myself to poetry. In fiction, you have to withhold some of your blood or the work would be unreadable. In fiction, you need to know how to use that fine brush, perhaps the finest brush. That Japanese brush that costs thirty dollars and has only five camel hairs. You need to establish commonality. But poetry comes out like arterial spray and needs to hit like an arrow shot through your spine as to cripple you. At least that is the way I like my poetry.

I have forgotten…

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I have forgotten what it feels like to not know what that great passionate thing that you want to do with your living is. Writing works itself out of me in a compassion building journey of falling in despair, and rising to such great emotional heights as to erase all memory of what life was like before knowing what it is to know.

seriously

If you are not writing things that you yourself find hard to believe, then I think you are not taking the calling of writer seriously.