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Jan Clausen

  • You cannot escape sex. It will track you to the ends of the earth.

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    • "Depending," Mother, Sister, Daughter, Lover ()
  • ... we are far too used to the assumption that poetry and poets will be there when we want them, no matter how long they have been ignored, taken for granted, misused. After all, isn't poetry a form of prophecy, and aren't prophets known for their talent for flourishing in inhospitable deserts and other bleak surroundings? Maybe. But maybe not indefinitely.

  • ... the attempt to control poetry, to subordinate it to extra-poetic ends, constitutes misuse.

Jan Clausen, U.S. writer

(1950)