Mark Strand — American Poet born on April 11, 1934, died on November 29, 2014

Mark Strand was a Canadian-born American poet, essayist and translator. He was appointed Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress in 1990 and received the Wallace Stevens Award in 2004. Strand was a professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University from 2005 until his death in 2014... (wikipedia)

The future is always beginning now.
Nothing is the destiny of everyone, it is our commonness made dumb.
But I tend to think of the expressive part of me as rather tedious - never curious or responsive, but blind and self-serving.
And at least in poetry you should feel free to lie. That is, not to lie, but to imagine what you want, to follow the direction of the poem.
There's a certain point, when you're writing autobiographical stuff, where you don't want to misrepresent yourself. It would be dishonest.

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