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David Antin quotes: 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 was trying to find out what it was that everybody else understood without giving up my stubborn and hard-won lack of understanding.
David Antin quotes: There are editing procedures for talks just as there are editing procedures in jazz improvisation. There are editing procedures for talks just as there are editing procedures in jazz improvisation.
David Antin quotes: An art machine is a system whose parts when put in motion act upon each other in such a way as to cause you to see things differently An art machine is a system
whose parts when put in motion
act upon each other in such a way
as to cause you to see things differently
David Antin quotes: You pay your money, you take your choice. I get the audience my language attracts and I lose the ones it repels. You pay your money, you take your choice. I get the audience my language attracts and I lose the ones it repels.
David Antin quotes: I hardly remember how I started to write poetry. It's hard to imagine what I thought poetry could do. I hardly remember how I started to write poetry. It's hard to imagine what I thought poetry could do.
David Antin quotes: It's hard being a hostage in somebody else's mouth - or a character in somebody else's novel. It's hard being a hostage in somebody else's mouth - or a character in somebody else's novel.
David Antin quotes: I've always had a strong feeling for the Statue of Liberty, because it became the statue of my personal liberty. I've always had a strong feeling for the Statue of Liberty, because it became the statue of my personal liberty.
David Antin quotes: 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. 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.
David Antin quotes: For several centuries what has passed for song in literary circles was any text that looked like the lyrics for a commonplace melodic setting. For several centuries what has passed for song in literary circles was any text that looked like the lyrics for a commonplace melodic setting.
David Antin quotes: 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 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.
David Antin quotes: From this entertainment industry, may the gods of language protect us. From this entertainment industry, may the gods of language protect us.
David Antin quotes: 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. 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.
David Antin quotes: I'm standing up thinking. Anybody who wants to listen is welcome. If not, I'm happy to see them go. I'm standing up thinking. Anybody who wants to listen is welcome. If not, I'm happy to see them go.
David Antin quotes: 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. 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.
David Antin quotes: I can manage a prose format as long as I keep closer to Laurence Sterne than to Henry James. I can manage a prose format as long as I keep closer to Laurence Sterne than to Henry James.
David Antin quotes: My way of thinking is very particular and concrete. It doesn't follow a continuous path. My way of thinking is very particular and concrete. It doesn't follow a continuous path.
David Antin quotes: Stories are different every time you tell them - they allow so many possible narratives. Stories are different every time you tell them - they allow so many possible narratives.
David Antin quotes: When my mother left her second husband, she wrote her autobiography and presented it to him for his approval. When my mother left her second husband, she wrote her autobiography and presented it to him for his approval.
David Antin quotes: I learned enough Hebrew to stagger through a meaningless ceremony that I scarcely remember. I learned enough Hebrew to stagger through a meaningless ceremony that I scarcely remember.
David Antin quotes: The self is an oral society in which the present is constantly running a dialogue with the past and the future inside of one skin. The self is an oral society in which the present is constantly running a dialogue with the past and the future inside of one skin.
David Antin quotes: 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 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.
David Antin quotes: I have spoken to expert audiences occasionally, but then no audience is expert over the whole range of things I want to explore. I have spoken to expert audiences occasionally, but then no audience is expert over the whole range of things I want to explore.