I would say the cultivation of silence is indispensable to being human. People sometimes talk as if they were ‘looking for silence,’ as if silence had gone away or they had misplaced it somewhere. But it is hardly something they could have misplaced. Silence is the infinite horizon against which is set every word they have ever spoken, and they can’t find it? Not to worry—it will find them.
Don’t let yourself feel worthless: often through life you will really be at your worst when you seem to think best of yourself; and don’t worry about losing your “personality,” as you persist in calling it: at fifteen you had the radiance of early morning, at twenty you will begin to have the melancholy brilliance of the moon, and when you are my age you will give out, as I do, the genial golden warmth of 4 p.m.
“Most of the thought process is getting rid of thought processes. Culturally, we use language as a source of information. And poetry is not information … Unlearning and getting rid of thought is important to me because I can’t really make a poem unless I discover it, discover what it is I’m writing about or actually conveying, whether it saddens or disgusts or shames me, or whether it presents me with joy or wonder or love. To get to something fundamental in my nature I have to offer up … what I know or think I know. And if in doing that I can touch upon something fundamental about my existence, then I might just make an art object that might just make contact with another human being who I’ll never meet.”
—Ralph Angel, from Writing in Flow: Keys to Enhanced Creativity by Susan K. Perry, Ph.D.
Yes. Thank you, apoetreflects.