I wanted to find ways for colleges and universities to become involved with public schools to help young people prepare for college.
In every culture, in every language, there is expressive play, expressive word play; there’s language use to different purposes that we would call poetry.
Anyone who has lost a child will tell you that they don’t recover their sense of endless possibility. Some people hide that well. But after a certain age, almost everyone is carrying something like that around, I suppose.
Everything has to be done to build some sort of international democracy. We’ve seen only the tiniest beginnings of that.
Since governmental quotas expand bureaucratic power, provoke a backlash and are unfair to individuals, we need to find a better way to increase minority opportunities.
I grew up Jewish, became an atheist and a Marxist, and 28 years ago, at age 26, became a Christian.
Depression is a feeling without a cause. Mourning has a cause.
Those who give of themselves rarely regret it.
Unions should not be lapdogs to a political party, they should be watchdogs for their members’ interests.
The idea of how to read a poem is based on the idea that poetry needs you as a reader. That the experience of poetry, the meaning in poetry, is a kind of circuit that takes place between a poet, a poem and a reader, and that meaning doesn’t exist or inhere in poems alone.