Karl Shapiro Quotes
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I feel that after working a long time, I've really learned how to do what I do. I enjoy it. I don't think there's anything more satisfying than turning out a good stanza or a good piece of prose. And when you're satisfied enough, you want to show it to other people. That's called publication.
One day beside some flowers near his nose He will be thinking, When will I look at it? And pain, still in the middle distance, will reply 'At what?' and he will know it's gone, O where! and begin to tremble and cry. He will begin to cry as a child cries Whose puppy is mangled under a screaming wheel.
I was at Notre Dame just a few years ago, and one of the professors there said to me, You don't know what effect In Defense of Ignorance had. It ripped the whole academic community in half! I'm glad I wrote the book. I like it, and I still stand by my observations, although I wouldn't write it so violently now. I guess I really am in the Whitman tradition.
Words like spokesman and touchstone took me completely by surprise. For very real reasons. Not only had I been out of the country when my first two books were published, but I have always been out of the country in the sense that I never had what ordinarily is thought of as a literary life, or been part of a literary group. What psychiatrists nowadays call a support system. I never had any of that and still don't.