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Joseph Campbell pointed out that in mythological terms the “rejection of the call” walls the Hero up in boredom and dread. A poet is supposed to be a hero of cosciousness, and the most destructive force in his or her life is liable to be the unwritten poem. There is a touch of the schizoid to the practice of any art, and the poet becomes an outsider to maintain the integrity of what he writes.

–Jim Harrison

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