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The diatonic scale is what you use if you want to write a national anthem, or a love song, or a lullaby. The chromatic scale is what you use to give the effect of drinking a quinine martini and having an enema at the same time.
Dear, I can't write, it's all a fantasy: a kind of circling obsession.
I am afraid the compulsion to write poems left me about seven years ago, since when I have written virtually nothing. Naturally this is a disappointment, but I would sooner write no poems than bad poems.
It is fatal to decide, intellectually, what good poetry is because you are then in honour bound to try to write it, instead of the poems that only you can write.
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Speak roughly to your little boy, And beat him when he sneezes; He only does it to annoy, Because he knows it teases.
August 9, 1922
December 2, 1985
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