Let the people who never find true love keep saying that there’s no such thing. Their faith will make it easier for them to live and die.
I usually write for the individual reader -though I would like to have many such readers. There are some poets who write for people assembled in big rooms so they can live through something collectively. I prefer my reader to take my poem and have a one-on-one relationship with it.
I have sympathy for young people for their growing pains but I balk when these growing pains are pushed into the foreground when you make these young people the only vehicles of life’s wisdom.
I cannot imagine any writer who would not fight for his peace and quiet.
Each of us has a very rich nature and can look at things objectively from a distance and at the same time can have something more personal to say about them. I am trying to look at the world and at myself from many different points of view. I think many poets have this duality.
Any knowledge that doesn’t lead to new questions quickly dies out: it fails to maintain the temperature required for sustaining life.
All the best have something in common a regard for reality an agreement to its primacy over the imagination.
After every war someone has to tidy up.
Everyone needs solitude especially a person who is used to thinking about what she experiences. Solitude is very important in my work as a mode of inspiration but isolation is not good in this respect. I am not writing poetry about isolation.
I cannot speak for more than an hour exclusively about poetry. At that point life itself takes over again.
In the language of poetry where every word is weighed nothing is usual or normal. Not a single stone and not a single cloud above it. Not a single day and not a single night after it. And above all not a single existence not anyone’s existence in this world.
Poetic talent doesn’t operate in a vacuum. There is a spirit of Polish poetry.
Solitude is very important in my work as a mode of inspiration but isolation is not good in this respect. I am not writing poetry about isolation.
Unfortunately poetry is not born in noise in crowds or on a bus. There have to be four walls and the certainty that the telephone will not ring. That’s what writing is all about.