“Where [do I go from here]? I asked myself that question when I was twenty, again when I was thirty, again when I was forty, fifty … I could never answer it. Now I know something: I have to persist. That means live, write, and face, like everyone else, the other side of every life—the unknown.”
In honor of the centennial of the birth of Octavio Paz, read his 1991 Art of Poetry interview.