Eileen Myles

Eileen Myles

I was a working-class kid from Boston. But I never lost my accent because I felt like that was what I was doing. I didn't have to perform Woody Guthrie like Bob Dylan did in the '60s, I just had to make myself be Eileen Myles and let that be my shield.More Eileen Myles quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I hate the word mentor, the professionalization of friendships between generations. I just feel like the fact of friendship is the thing we all adored, like the younger befriends or reaches out to their hero, and for me, whenever you meet some younger person, who has a fire in their gut, a way of being in the world, it excites you.More Eileen Myles quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Poetry is my politics. It's an opportunity that gives me a way to speak.More Eileen Myles quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Listen, I have been educated.
I have learned about Western
Civilization. Do you know
What the message of Western
Civilization is? I am alone.More Eileen Myles quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
When people decide to talk publicly about poetry as an art form and how it's received, they often get very abject about it: "Nobody reads poetry," and then a thousand people write back, "No, we read poetry." There's an abundance of this negative preaching to the choir, and it's very similar to the experience I'm having.More Eileen Myles quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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