I read ‘Treasure Island’ for the first time at university. And I started to notice then how unresolved some things were. Later, I realised that Stevenson was interested in sequels, and I wondered whether he would have gone back to it had he lived longer.
I’m also a great believer in the dream life; that while we’re asleep, a deep subconscious connection is made about our profoundest fears, hopes, loves, losses, dreads and desires.
Those who try to obliterate the past are injuring the present.
I loved to write when I was a child. I wrote, but I always thought it was something that you did as a child, then you put away childish things.
Once you have a disease like cancer, you look at life a bit differently. Some things that were important no longer seem as important as they were.
I’m encouraging kids to use computers at their own pace to build aspirations.
I am often asked why I started to write poetry. The answer is that my motivation sprang from a visceral need to creatively articulate the experiences of the black youth of my generation, coming of age in a racist society.
I shall try to write a poem that is about the moment but doesn’t betray things that are true to me as a poet.
Being true to yourself really means being true to all the complexities of the human spirit.
I want my kids to graduate from high school. But that’s not enough. I also want them to go to college. Why? Because rich people’s kids go to college. And if that’s good enough for them, it’s good enough for my kids. Because you know what? College graduates don’t tend to go to jail as frequently as nongraduates.