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.

David Antin

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.

David Antin

I hardly remember how I started to write poetry. It's hard to imagine what I thought poetry could do.

David Antin

There is probably no oral society that fails to mark the spatial distinction of left and right, peculiar as this distinction may be.

David Antin

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.

David Antin