James Broughton

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Born Monday 10 November 1913, died Monday 17 May 1999

Professions: Director, Poet

Nationality: American

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Everything is Song. Everything is Silence. Since it all turns out to be illusion, perfectly being what it is, having nothing to do with good or bad, you are free to die laughing.

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Most poets in their youth begin in adolescent sadness. I find it more rewarding to end in gladness.

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Everything that ever happened is still happening. Past, present and future keep happening in the eternity which is Here and Now.

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Poetry for me is as much a spiritual practice as sexual ecstasy is.

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For me a poem has to sing out of itself and the lilt of it carries the magic.

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The most astonishing joy is to receive from the muses the gift of a whole lyric.

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I often start writing in order to excite an expansive emotion.

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Work in the theater sharpened my verse and my cinema.

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I consider my films to be poems that are all as personal as my writing and as hand-made.

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My films are an extension of my poetry, using the white screen like the white page to be filled with images.

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I had a toy theater and a magic lantern, and when I was eight I built a stage for theatricals in the attic.

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Dance, vaudeville, drama, movies - as a child I loved everything that went on in a theater.

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And to Shakespeare I owe my vision of the world as a theater, wherein all humans are acting out their parts.

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For me, prose walks, poetry dances.

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My earliest poems sing of the absolute necessity of allowing love to invade and pervade one's life. That can make the miracle happen in reality. Try it.

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If you don't fill your days with love, you are wasting your life.

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Amazement awaits us at every corner.

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My major aim in writing is to set out flags and issue wake-up calls.

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I like things which appear fragile but are tough inside.

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True delicacy is not a fragile thing.

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