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Basil Bunting

Basil Bunting, in a photo taken by poet and photographer Jonathan Williams
Born Basil Cheesman Bunting
(1900-03-01)1 March 1900
Scotswood-on-Tyne, Northumberland, England, UK
Died 17 April 1985(1985-04-17) (aged 85)
Hexham, Northumberland, England, UK
Resting place Quaker graveyard at Brigflatts, Sedbergh, Cumbria, England[1]
Occupation Poet, military intelligence analyst, diplomat, journalist
Citizenship British
Alma mater London School of Economics (did not graduate)
Literary movement Modernism
Notable works “Briggflatts” (1966)

The mystic purchases a moment of exhilaration with a lifetime of confusion; and the confusion is infectious and destructive. It is confusing and destructive to try and explain anything in terms of anything else, poetry in terms of psychology.
Basil Bunting
Can a moment of madness make up for an age of consent?
Whether you listen to a piece of music, or a poem, or look at a picture or a jug, or a piece of sculpture, what matters about it is not what it has in common with others of its kind, but what is singularly its own.
Basil Bunting
Always carry a corkscrew and the wine shall provide itself.
To appreciate present conditions, collate them with those of antiquity.