Liberals were intimidated by the Reagan administration and did not want to appear naive by talking about programs that called for government support. I just said, ‘The hell with that. I’m out there.’
I feel that I am a citizen of the American dream and that the revolutionary struggle of which I am a part is a struggle against the American nightmare.
I cannot outline. I do not know what the next thing is going to happen in the book until it comes out of my fingers.
Cities all over the world are getting bigger as more and more people move from rural to urban sites, but that has created enormous problems with respect to environmental pollution and the general quality of life.
My academic identity is that of a folklorist, and for many years I have taught only folklore courses.
Revision is the heart of writing. Every page I do is done over seven or eight times.
I always feel that whatever isn’t necessary shouldn’t be in a poem.
Many churches are measuring the wrong things. We measure things like attendance and giving, but we should be looking at more fundamental things like anger, contempt, honesty, and the degree to which people are under the thumb of their lusts. Those things can be counted, but not as easily as offerings.
I very much wished not to be noticed, and to be left alone, and I sort of succeeded.
I’ve gone beyond civil rights and human rights to creation rights.