Robert Duncan

But I’m not sure that all aspects of what determines our sense of evils and goods can can be reasond out and explaind. Some are life-intuitions, inner recognitions of what is appropriate to our nature, and may be obscure in its intent. But even these must be creative intuitions, for I would follow here Darwin’s insight that evolution has within it no “plan.” The concord of volitions is then an environment in which individual volitions so fit that they survive; which must always be reimagined, for from every paradise the terms of its not being free for new volition to thrive will become clear.

As in creating a Poetry as well as making poems, we seek to create an environment in which our own creative spirit fits. Projecting its own lawfulness

— Letter to Denise Levertov, July 28 1966