Wednesday, January 25, 2012

A man from out of space
Said, 'I'm from a superior race.
You're all inferior
While I am superior.'
Then he tripped and fell flat on his face.

- Spike Milligan, 101 Limericks

I wished to suggest by means of a simple nude, a certain long-lost barbaric luxury.

- Paul Gauguin

Perhaps it will soon dawn on the most alert of the teen-activists that moving only among the poetry of one's own generation, one's own ideology, one's own brand of modernism, one's own country and continent, is the worst kind of philistinism. The authentic poetry of the people has more to tell about Africa, Latin America, south-east Asia than any slogan or programme which western and eastern propaganda organisations echo from the developing countries back to Europe.

- Matti Kuusi, World Poetry 1974

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