I was a dancer for many years. I was a premier dancer with ‘Porgy and Bess,’ the opera. And I taught dance some, in different places.
I have seen so many poets who were famous, who won all sorts of prizes, disappear with their death. I write as good as I can and don’t try to turn that into some hope for a future that I could never know.
I’ve read everything Thomas Wolfe ever wrote; my brother and I memorized whole chapters of ‘You Can’t Go Home Again’ and ‘Look Homeward, Angel.’
The Romans had been able to post their laws on boards in public places, confidant that enough literate people existed to read them; far into the Middle Ages, even kings remained illiterate.
I believe orders should be obeyed, but sometimes you have to think about the orders you get.
But most commonly, it’s one poem that I work on with a lot of intensity.
Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.
I want to write so well that a person is 30 or 40 pages in a book of mine… before she realizes she’s reading.
It’s good to remember that in crises, natural crises, human beings forget for awhile their ignorances, their biases, their prejudices. For a little while, neighbors help neighbors and strangers help strangers.
Among doctors in general, I think more than half support what I’m doing.