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If a thing is really existing we can have no repetition... Then we have insistence insistence that in its emphasis can never be repeating, because insistence is always alive and if it is alive it is never saying anything in the same way because emphasis can never be the same not even when it is most the same that is when it has been taught.

A comma be helping you along holding your coat for you and putting your shoes keeps you from living your life as actively as you should lead it... The longer, the more complicated the sentence the greater the number of the same kinds of words I had following one another, the more the very many more I had of them I felt the passionate need of their taking care of themselves and not helping them, and thereby enfeebling them by putting in a comma... A long long complicated sentence should force itself upon you, make yourself know yourself knowing it.

We still have capitals and small letters and probably for some time we will go one having them but actually the tendency is always toward diminishing capitals and quite rightly because the feeling that goes with them is less and less of a feeling and so slowly and inevitable just as with horses capitals will have gone away. They will come back from time to time but perhaps never really come back to stay.

Sentences and paragraphs. Sentences are not emotional but paragraphs are. I can say that as often as I like and it always remains as it is, something that is.
I said I found this out first listening to Basket my dog drinking. And anybody listening to any dog's drinking will see what I mean.

Poetry is concerned with using with abusing, with losing with wanting, with denying with avoiding with adoring with replacing the noun. It is doing that always doing that, doing that and doing nothing but that. Poetry is doing nothing but using losing refusing and pleasing and betraying and caressing nouns.

- GERTRUDE STEIN, American Lectures


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