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"I want to perform an unnatural act."

- Lenny Bruce

"I get a kick out of being an outsider constantly. It allows me to be creative. I don't like anything in the mainstream and they don't like me."

- Bill Hicks

"I don’t like ass kissers, flag wavers or team players. I like people who buck the system. Individualists. I often warn people: “Somewhere along the way, someone is going to tell you, ‘There is no “I” in team.’ What you should tell them is, ‘Maybe not. But there is an “I” in independence, individuality and integrity.’” Avoid teams at all cost. Keep your circle small. Never join a group that has a name. If they say, “We’re the So-and-Sos,” take a walk. And if, somehow, you must join, if it’s unavoidable, such as a union or a trade association, go ahead and join. But don’t participate; it will be your death. And if they tell you you’re not a team player, congratulate them on being observant."

-George Carlin

"The more I see, the less I know for sure."

- John Lennon

Poetry that stays with you

The Back Chamber - Donald Hall

Hall's poetry is sparse and avoids delving into unnecessary prose and descriptions. Instead, his words focus on the blunt instrument of emotion. He has a gift for making the reader feel a kinship, even if s/he hasn't gone through the exact experience Hall is describing. 


There were many favorites for me in this, particularly "Three Women", "Ruins", and countless others. Here is poetry worth quoting, and reading, if not for the stark honesty, then for the cheek:


Hostess Twinkies, 

Wonder Bread. 

How many springs 

Until I'm dead?


Hall's distaste for sycophants comes across in some of his self-aware works:


...They outfitted my body

in an orange jumpsuit, strapped me to a metal gurney,

and executed me by injecting 500 cc of frigid adulation."


(From "The Pursuit of Poetry").


Highly recommended.