No one should negotiate their dreams. Dreams must be free to fly high. No government, no legislature, has a right to limit your dreams. You should never agree to surrender your dreams.
For the Arabs in Israel there is always a tension between nationality and identity.
I am not a lover of Israel, of course. I have no reason to be. But I don’t hate Jews.
Should we tolerate debate within feminism’s ranks? Undebatable! But it’s not so simple: women are socialised to avoid conflict; when we do differ, especially on politics and in public, it’s still tediously labelled a ‘catfight.’
We are the women men warned us about.
I got interested in the question of literacy because writers are always moaning about why more people don’t read books.
So many bright stars, bright in life, burn out quickly.
I’m very aware of the presence of a reader, and that probably is a reaction against a lot of poems that I do read which seem oblivious to my presence as a reader.
The masses don’t shed their blood for the benefit of a few individuals.
I try to write very fast. I don’t revise very much. I write the poem in one sitting. Just let it rip. It’s usually over in twenty to forty minutes. I’ll go back and tinker with a word or two, change a line for some metrical reason weeks later, but I try to get the whole thing just done.