can’t stand those dumb teenagers who insist on using “da” instead of “the” because they think it’s cool. leonardo DA vinci? seriously? it’s obviously leonardo THE vinci, you uncultured swine


"It’s when the person writing is frightened by the poem that the poem may have begun. The poem is more than the person, you see. Otherwise, why? Why write it?”

—George Oppen interviewed by Michel Engelbert and Michael West, from Speaking with George Oppen: Interviews with the Poet and Mary Oppen, 1968-1987