America in its entirety is segregationist and is racist. It’s more camouflaged in the north, but it’s the same thing.
Relationships, like cars, should undergo regular services to make sure they are still roadworthy.
Europe was created by history. America was created by philosophy.
Unification is not our present goal. That is a future program.
I’ve reached a point in life where it would be easy to let down my guard and write simple imagistic poems. But I don’t want to write poems that aren’t necessary. I want to write poems that matter, that have an interesting point of view.
I didn’t learn much about writing at Sarah Lawrence, but I learned a lot about the sources of poems – dreams, myth, history – from the really great teachers, Joseph Campbell, Charles Trinkhaus, Bert Loewenberg, and a young Australian anthropologist named Harry Hawthorne.
Pennies do not come from heaven. They have to be earned here on earth.
Standing in the middle of the road is very dangerous; you get knocked down by the traffic from both sides.
It’s hard for anyone intelligent to be nonviolent. Everything in the universe does something when you start playing with his life, except the American Negro. He lays down and says, ‘Beat me, daddy.’
Well, probably I was fed up with concrete poetry. There was a lot of bad concrete poetry and besides, it was confused with visual poetry which was completely different.