Facts about David Antin

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David Antin is a famous Poet from USA, he/she is 86 years old and still alive, born February 1, 1932.

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He/she is born under the zodiac aquarius, who is known for Knowledge, Humanitarian, Serious, Insightful, Duplicitous. Our collection contains 33 quotes who is written / told by David.

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Famous quotes by David Antin (33)


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"When I got to the reading all the work, I was reduced to being an actor in an experimental play that I'd already written. And I didn't want to be an actor"
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"I'm aware of my audience in a way, and I do try to engage with them while I'm trying to go about my business of thinking. I believe they help me by providing a focus"
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"I can manage a prose format as long as I keep closer to Laurence Sterne than to Henry James"
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"For several centuries what has passed for song in literary circles was any text that looked like the lyrics for a commonplace melodic setting"
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"Disney made a fortune out of inventing the businessman's idea of the imaginary as the contradictory of the businessman's idea of the real"
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"I'm standing up thinking. Anybody who wants to listen is welcome. If not, I'm happy to see them go"
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"I have spoken to expert audiences occasionally, but then no audience is expert over the whole range of things I want to explore"
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"I hardly remember how I started to write poetry. It's hard to imagine what I thought poetry could do"
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"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"
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"I wanted to be an inventor, whatever I thought that meant then. I guess I was thinking of Edison or maybe James Watt. Or maybe even Newton"
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"From this entertainment industry, may the gods of language protect us"
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"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"
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"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"
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"I was very committed to the process of composing, working at poems, putting things together and taking them apart like some kind of experimental filmmaker"
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"I tended to emphasize the secular, the casual, the colloquial, the vernacular against the sacred"
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"The ancient Greek oral poets all had this anxiety about the deficiencies of their memories and always began poems by praying to the Muse to help them remember"
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"My way of thinking is very particular and concrete. It doesn't follow a continuous path"
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"My rejection of the idea of entertainment in its current form is based on the audience that comes with it"
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"My mother turned into a professional widow. She couldn't understand why I wanted to be an engineer; she thought I should be a chicken farmer"
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"I'm not sure what theory is, unless it's the pursuit of fundamental questions"
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"I reserve the right to tell shaggy dog stories or even common jokes as part of what I'm doing. I don't give a damn if half the audience walks out"
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"I had no idea where these kids at a small private college in the San Fernando Valley were coming from, why they were coming to hear me, or what they needed to know"
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"There are editing procedures for talks just as there are editing procedures in jazz improvisation"
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"The Sophists' paradoxical talk pieces and their public debates were entertainment in 5th century Greece. And in that world, Socrates was an entertainer"
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"I am quite unsatisfied by the distinctions between the oral and literate"
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"Stories are different every time you tell them - they allow so many possible narratives"
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"It's hard being a hostage in somebody else's mouth - or a character in somebody else's novel"
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"I've always had a strong feeling for the Statue of Liberty, because it became the statue of my personal liberty"
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"I was trying to find out what it was that everybody else understood without giving up my stubborn and hard-won lack of understanding"
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"A myth is the name of a terrible lie told by a smelly little brown person to a man in a white suit with a pair of binoculars"
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"I learned enough Hebrew to stagger through a meaningless ceremony that I scarcely remember"
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"I didn't think about whether I was writing poems. I was thinking. And the more I was thinking, the more there was I didn't understand"
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"Children frequently sing meaningful phrases to themselves over and over again before they learn to make a distinction between singing and saying"


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