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I don’t think that anyone who’s a practicing poet, even a practicing bad poet, who’s done it for a long enough time, would disagree with the fact that there is something from the Outside. I mean, you get this in Longinus for christ’s sake, all of these pretty square people going all the way back. Saint Thomas Aquinas says it, and you can’t have anyone who’s farther away from poetry than him. But I do think that an awful lot of poets feel at the back of their minds that they would really rather express themselves. “This poem is me. I am this poem,” you know, and so forth.

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The House That Jack Built : The Collected Lectures of Jack Spicer
Wesleyan University Press 1998
éd. Peter Gizzi