Martin Carter
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Tuesday, October 04, 2005
They say I am...

They say I am a poet write for them:
Sometimes I laugh, sometimes I solemnly nod.
I do not want to look them in the eye
Let they should squeal and scamper far away.

A poet cannot write for those who ask
hardly himself even, except he lies;
Poems are written either for the dying
or the unborn, no matter what we say.

That does not mean his audience lies remote
inside a womb or some cold bed of agony.
It only means that we who want true poems
must be born again, and die to do so.

(Martin Carter in Conversations, 1961)
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