My feeling is that poetry will wither on the vine if you don’t regularly come back to the simplest fundamentals of the poem: rhythm, rhyme, simple subjects – love, death, war.
Well, I grew up on the blues, man!
Look, you’re either a Zionist or an anti-Zionist: there’s no middle way. Everyone who supports the state of Israel is a Zionist.
All of the studies we do in my group are quantified.
There is a huge reservoir of support for abortion rights from ordinary women. I hear all the time from women who had abortions and say it made possible the good life they went on to have. Social shaming silences too many.
Schedule? I have no schedule. There is no hurry. I work when I want to.
I thought that some of my best records was when there wasn’t a lot of work being done on it, like ‘Winter in America’ and ‘Secrets’ and when there weren’t a whole lot of people in the studios.
I think there are a very few pro-lifers who would say that a zygote in a petri dish is the equivalent of you or me; it’s just younger. If you can say that without laughing, maybe you are a true pro-lifer. But I think most people are able or willing to make distinctions that show they maybe don’t quite believe that.
Modernism in other arts brought extreme difficulty. In poetry, the characteristic difficulty imported under the name of modernism was obscurity. But obscurity could just as easily be a quality of metrical as of free verse.
ACT and SAT each have their own parts of the country. The GRE has its lock on graduate admissions. And so, one could blame the companies, but really, economically, they have no incentive to change things very much because they’re getting the business.