In the information age, you don’t teach philosophy as they did after feudalism. You perform it. If Aristotle were alive today he’d have a talk show.
The knowledge that makes us cherish innocence makes innocence unattainable.
I do insist on making what I hope is sense so there’s always a coherent narrative or argument that the reader can follow.
A lot happens by accident in poetry.
We’re not in love with Literature all the time – especially when you have to teach it every day.
The secrets of success are a good wife and a steady job. My wife told me.
My advice to people today is as follows: if you take the game of life seriously, if you take your nervous system seriously, if you take your sense organs seriously, if you take the energy process seriously, you must turn on, tune in, and drop out.
I am not at all clear what free verse is anymore. That’s one of the things you learn not to know.
It is hard to explain the huge variety of diatoms – a microorganism that has 100,000 species – in terms of natural selection.
Anyone who said he wasn’t afraid during the civil rights movement was either a liar or without imagination. I was scared all the time. My hands didn’t shake but inside I was shaking.