"When you grow up in a family of languages, you develop a kind of casual fluency, so that languages, though differently colored, all seem transparent to experience."
"Life can only be understood backwards but it must be lived forwards."David Antin on Soren Kierkegaard
"The only source of knowledge is experience."David Antin on Albert Einstein
"Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn."David Antin on C. S. Lewis
"Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes."David Antin on Oscar Wilde
"A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way."David Antin on Mark Twain
"The self is an oral society in which the present is constantly running a dialogue with the past and the future inside of one skin."
"While I've had a great distaste for what's usually called song in modern poetry or for what's usually called music, I really don't think of speech as so far from song."
"I hardly remember how I started to write poetry. It's hard to imagine what I thought poetry could do."