I speak from ignorance. Who once learned much, but speaks from ignorance now.
Poem Last of the Chiefs published in: Nathaniel Tarn (1965) Old savage, young city. p. 18.
Where there's no stop and go a thought may wet your face, a breath arrest your stare.
Poem Markings published in: Nathaniel Tarn (1968) Where Babylon ends.
The death-of-the-author thematics, as commonly adapted, are another inanity: when society does its very best to homogenize us, what is wrong with a strong, knowledgeable, and responsible ego crying in the darkening wilderness?
Nathaniel Tarn (1999) "Octavio Paz, Anthropology, and the Future of Poetry" published in: The Embattled Lyric: Essays and Conversations in Poetics and Anthropology (2007). p. 118.