[On verse form]: “Should they offer you wine, accept some and taste it. The shape of the glass, whether rounded or six-sided, is less important. But a beautiful glass increases the pleasure.”
[The First Commandment in Art]: “Be true to your experience. That is the first commandment. don’t write anything that you haven’t experienced yourself. For poetry can liberate itself from experience, and live as though in a vacuum.”
[A Poem is a Universe]: “A poem is a universe: final, but still boundless, build up according to the same laws: harmony but also strife; tranquillity but also unease; at rest but also en route; reality but also dream; lie but also truth. A poem should not be thick, dead substance: rather it must have light and the space between worlds—and the more tension is there, the more it inspires your thoughts to leap.And so on. Over 400 pages of this richness!