I believe art is utterly important. It is one of the things that could save us.
Prior to 1940, the affluent and the middle class began to converge, but after 1979, the economic gap between the middle class and affluent widened significantly.
Create your future from your future not your past.
I have the feeling that a lot of poets writing now are – they sort of tap dance through it.
Wasn’t it Emerson who said, ‘My life is for itself and not for a spectacle’? I have a happy, full, good life because I hold it private.
The middle class has just fallen further and further behind the rich.
It’s nice to know there are some things in early 21st-century post-industrial culture that don’t change very fast. I am one of those.
Americans do believe in progress and there is almost certainly a kernel of truth in the joke.
Writers sometimes give up what is most strange and wonderful about their writing – soften their roughest edges – to accommodate themselves toward a group response.
I don’t think we should stop emphasizing race because I think, you know, race is still very, very important, and we have to recognize that and continue to introduce programs to address racial inequities. But we have to widen our vision and also address the growing problems of economic class.