Literary Birthday - 22 December - Kenneth Rexroth

Happy Birthday, Kenneth Rexroth, born 22 December 1905, died 6 June 1982

Nine Quotes

  1. I write for one and only one purpose, to overcome the invincible ignorance of the traduced heart. 
  2. Harvey, Galileo, Copernicus do not seem occult to us, but they did so to their contemporaries, hierophants of the mysteries of Natural Law, revealers of the secrets of a New Order of the Ages. After all, the movement eventually came to be called the Age of Enlightenment.
  3. What I try with my own stuff is to work the poem to a slow climax through a series of quiet painful dissonances.
  4. The mature man lives quietly, does good privately, takes responsibility for his actions, treats others with friendliness and courtesy, finds mischief boring and avoids it. Without the hidden conspiracy of goodwill, society would not endure an hour.
  5. Any talented decadent can make unreality believable. To make reality convincing is another matter, a matter for only the greatest masters.
  6. In America we have nothing that takes the place of the gods and goddesses and heroes and demigods of the ancient world. There is nothing to connect us with the soil. We have no mythology. It has never been possible to construct one.
  7. The basic line in any good verse is cadenced… building it around the natural breath structures of speech.
  8. It takes great labour to uncover the convincing simple speech of the heart. Poetic candour comes with hard labour, so even does impetuosity and impudence.
  9. I’ve had it with these cheap sons of bitches who claim they love poetry but never buy a book.

Rexroth was an American poet, translator and critical essayist. He is seen as a central figure in the San Francisco Renaissance. He was named the “Father of the Beats” by Time Magazine.

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Literary Birthday - 21 December - Rebecca West

Happy Birthday, Rebecca West, born 21 December 1892, died 15 March 1983

12 Quotes

  1. I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat; or a prostitute.
  2. The world is round and the place which may seem like the end may also be only the beginning.
  3. It’s the soul’s duty to be loyal to its own desires. It must abandon itself to its master passion.
  4. The trouble about man is twofold. He cannot learn truths which are too complicated; he forgets truths which are too simple.
  5. Everyone realizes that one can believe little of what people say about each other, but it is not so widely realized that even less can one trust what people say about themselves.
  6. Any authentic work of art must start an argument between the artist and his audience.
  7. It is always one’s virtues and not one’s vices that precipitate one into disaster.
  8. She understood children, and knew that they were adults handicapped by a humiliating disguise and had their adult qualities within them.
  9. There is no such thing as conversation. It is an illusion. There are intersecting monologues, that is all.
  10. Writing has nothing to do with communication between person and person, only with communication between different parts of a person’s mind.
  11. God forbid that any book should be banned. The practice is as indefensible as infanticide.
  12. I write books to find out about things.

Dame Cicely Isabel Fairfield, known as Rebecca West was a British author, journalist, literary critic and travel writer. Her major works include Black Lamb and Grey Falcon,  A Train of PowderThe Return of the Soldier, and the Aubrey trilogy of autobiographical novels.

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Literary Birthday - 20 December - Sandra Cisneros

Happy Birthday, Sandra Cisneros, born 20 December 1954

10 Quotes

  1. The older I get, the more I’m conscious of ways very small things can make a change in the world. Tiny little things, but the world is made up of tiny matters, isn’t it?
  2. To write is to ask questions. It doesn’t matter if the answers are true or puro cuento. After all and everything only the story is remembered, and the truth fades away like the pale blue ink on a cheap embroidery pattern
  3. I realize that when I moved out of my father’s house I shocked and frightened him because I needed a room of my own, a space of my own to reinvent myself.
  4. I always tell people that I became a writer not because I went to school but because my mother took me to the library. I wanted to become a writer so I could see my name in the card catalog.
  5. They say the fluttering wings of a butterfly can disrupt the weather on the other side of the world. Climbing uphill carrying the sun, I thought of this. How I am sensitive as water, wind. So are we all, all human beings, all things human or otherwise. 
  6. The more you speak more languages, the more you understand about yourself.
  7. All of my work is influenced by fairy tales, and I hope my work shows Hans Christian Anderson’s influence.
  8. Writing is like sewing together what I call these ‘buttons,’ these bits and pieces.
  9. For a writer, for the solitude to write, you don’t need a room of your own, you need a house.
  10. The truth, these stories are nothing but story, bits of string, odds and ends found here and there, embroidered together to make something new. I have invented what I do not know and exaggerated what I do to continue the family tradition of telling healthy lies. If, in the course of my inventing, I have inadvertently stumbled on the truth, perdonenme. 

Cisneros is an American writer. She is best known for her novel The House on Mango Street and her short story collection Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories.

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