Charles Olson Quotes

Charles Olson (27 December 1910 – 10 January 1970) was a second generation American poet who was a link between earlier figures such as Ezra Pound and William Carlos Williams and the New American poets, which includes the New York School, the Black Mountain School, the Beat poets, and the San Francisco Renaissance. Consequently, many postmodern groups, such as the poets of the language school, include Olson as a primary and precedent figure. He described himself not so much as a poet or writer but as "an archeologist of morning."

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I was playing catch with the European audience.

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I remember way back when I was young, 10 years ago.

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Forgive me if I sleep until I wake up.

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O.K. I'm running out of appetite. Let this swirl- a bit like Crab Nebula- do for now.

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Dead, hung up indoors, the kingfisher will not indicate a favoring wind, or avert the thunderbolt.

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Fact is based upon vulgar matter.

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I'm trying to climb up both walls at once.

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I defer to all these other American poets who, for some reason, I both envy and admire.

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I am happy to have some friends here in the kitchen.

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The Canadian voice is still too rustic.

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You can read everybody. It's not even interesting to tell the truth because to some extent it's false.

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I'm one of the cliches that has grown up.

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When will government cease being a nuisance to everybody?

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If he stays inside himself, if he is contained within his nature as he is participant in the larger force, he will be able to listen, and his hearing through himself will give him secrets objects share.

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The body whips the soul. In its great desire it demands the elixir In the roar of spring, transmutations.

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