Howard Nemerov

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. American poet; US Poet Laureate 1963–64 & 1988–90; Pulitzer Prize for Poetry 1978

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Quote Left The only way out is the way through, just as you cannot escape from death except by dying. Being unable to write, you must examine in writing this being unable, which becomes for the present -- henceforth? -- the subject to which you are condemned. The first thought is this: fear. I cannot write because I am afraid. Of what? Quote Right
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Quote Left Robert Frost had always said you mustn't think of the last line first, or it's only a fake poem, not a real one. I'm inclined to agree. Quote Right
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Quote Left Write what you know. That should leave you with a lot of free time. Quote Right
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Quote Left Obvious enough that generalities work to protect the mind from the great outdoors; is it possible that this was in fact their first purpose? Quote Right
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Quote Left For a Jewish Puritan of the middle class, the novel is serious, the novel is work, the novel is conscientious application -- why, the novel is practically the retail business all over again. Quote Right
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