Dylan Thomas

“ I should say I wanted to write poetry in the beginning because I had fallen in love with words. The first poems I knew were nursery rhymes and before I could read them for myself I had come to love the words of them. The words alone. What the words stood for was of a very secondary importance. […] I fell in love, that is the only expression I can think of, at once, and am still at the mercy of words, though sometimes now, knowing a little of their behavior very well, I think I can influence them slightly and have even learned to beat them now and then, which they appear to enjoy. I tumbled for words at once. And, when I began to read the nursery rhymes for myself, and, later, to read other verses and ballads, I knew that I had discovered the most important things, to me, that could be ever. “

Dylan Thomas

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  1. Thanks for this, Michael. A couple quotes I especially love: “I don’t believe there is any greater blessing that of being pierced through and through by the splendor and sweetness of words.” -Edith Wharton and Diane Ackerman who calls words those “small shapes in the gorgeous chaos of the world.”

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