Quotes to Write By: Anne Carson
“I’d like to add a piece of wisdom from Gertrude Stein: ‘act so there is no use in a center.’ That’s what I try to teach my students.”
Anne Carson, The Art of Poetry No. 88
Interviewed by Will Aitken in The Paris Review
Bonus: A Writing Prompt Inspired by the Above
Write a first sentence or line using the word “act.” Use “so” in your second sentence or line. Use “there” in your third. Use “is” in your fourth, “no” in your fifth. Use “use” in your sixth, “in” in your seventh, “a” in your eighth, and “center” in your ninth sentence or line. Repeat as often as you like. Then add to comments if you so desire.