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e.e. cummings

“If poetry is your goal, you’ve got to forget all about punishments and all about rewards and all about selfstyled obligations and duties and responsibilities etcetera ad infinitum and remember one thing only: that it’s you–nobody else–who determine your destiny and decide your fate.  Nobody else can be alive for you; nor can you be alive for anybody else.  . . none of them can ever be you.  There’s the artist’s responsibility; and the most awful responsibility on earth.”

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