David Antin

David Antin

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Author Profession: US Poet
Born: February 01, 1932
Age: 84 years old
Birth Sign: Aquarius

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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.

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

A myth is the name of a terrible lie told by a smelly little brown person to a man in a white suit with a pair of binoculars.

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

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

For several centuries what has passed for song in literary circles was any text that looked like the lyrics for a commonplace melodic setting.

I hardly remember how I started to write poetry. It's hard to imagine what I thought poetry could do.

My mother turned into a professional widow. She couldn't understand why I wanted to be an engineer; she thought I should be a chicken farmer.

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

Disney made a fortune out of inventing the businessman's idea of the imaginary as the contradictory of the businessman's idea of the real.

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

I can manage a prose format as long as I keep closer to Laurence Sterne than to Henry James.

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 have spoken to expert audiences occasionally, but then no audience is expert over the whole range of things I want to explore.

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

I reserve the right to tell shaggy dog stories or even common jokes as part of what I'm doing. I don't give a damn if half the audience walks out.

I tended to emphasize the secular, the casual, the colloquial, the vernacular against the sacred.

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 was trying to find out what it was that everybody else understood without giving up my stubborn and hard-won lack of understanding.

I'm not sure what theory is, unless it's the pursuit of fundamental questions.

The success of our operas rests most of the time in the hands of the conductor. This person is as necessary as a tenor or a prima donna. Giuseppe Verdi

Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope someday you'll join us, and the world will be as one. John Lennon

Let us be the ones who say we do not accept that a child dies every three seconds simply because he does not have the drugs you and I have. Let us be the ones to say we are not satisfied that your place of birth determines your right for life. Let us be outraged, let us be loud, let us be bold. Brad Pitt age

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