A. R. Ammons

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    In nature there are few sharp lines.
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    Is it not careless to become too local when there are four hundred billion stars in our galaxy alone.
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    Once every five hundred years or so, a summary statement about poetry comes along that we can't imagine ourselves living without.
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    Only silence perfects silence.
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    Poetry leads us to the unstructured sources of our beings, to the unknown, and returns us to our rational, structured selves refreshed.
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    Probably all the attention to poetry results in some value, though the attention is more often directed to lesser than to greater values.
    Source: Set in motion: essays, interviews, and dialogues (1996 edition), Univ of Michigan Pr
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    Questions structure and, so, to some extent predetermine answers.
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    That's a wonderful change that's taken place, and so most poetry today is published, if not directly by the person, certainly by the enterprise of the poet himself, working with his friends.
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    The poet exposes himself to the risk. All that has been said about poetry, all that he has learned about poetry, is only a partial assurance.
    Source: Set in motion: essays, interviews, and dialogues (1996 edition), Univ of Michigan Pr
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    There's something to be said in favor of working in isolation in the real world.
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    You have your identity when you find out, not what you can keep your mind on, but what you can't keep your mind off.