“There are no morals in a poem; there are no morals in any work of art. There are no specific lessons to be learned and there is no advice to be followed. There are many implications in a poem which enrich our experience of life: but it is a many-sided experience, and we are not asked to come down on one side or another. Here the imagination explores the alternatives of human action without ever deciding for one rather than another.” Jacob Bronowski – ‘The Identity of Man’ (1965)

“Listen, real poetry doesn’t say anything, it just ticks off the possibilities. Opens all doors. You can walk through any one that suits you.” Jim Morrison – ‘Wilderness’ (The Lost Writings of Jim Morrison, Vol. 1)


About Marcus

Who me? Introverted, neurotic, self-absorbed, increasingly cynical observer of human nature and part time social critic in hiding. Most of my life spent avoiding growing up. The naive idealistic passions of youth have evolved into the eclectic eccentricities of adulthood. Northeast Florida small-town native, related to people I can't relate to. Simultaneously my own best friend and worst enemy. Politically and spiritually unaffiliated, my personal ideologies put me all over the map or off it completely.
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  1. felixwas says:

    Morrison in one of his rare lucid moments. I think he’s expressed a most interesting idea about what poetry is — and isn’t. And that idea could be expanded to music and art and other forms of literature too. It would have been interesting to see what Mr. Mojo Risin’ would have done had he not thrown it all away.

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