I am the people, I’m not the pig. You got to make a distinction. And the people are going to have to attack the pigs. The people are going to have to stand up against the pigs. That’s what the Panthers is doing, that’s what the Panthers are doing all over the world.
What I write is not for little girls.
You do not become a critic until it has been completely established to your own satisfaction that you cannot be a poet.
The word poet literally means maker: anything which is not well made doesn’t exist.
I am one of those for whom superfluity is a necessity.
A cat will be your friend, but never your slave.
Yes, the work comes out more beautiful from a material that resists the process, verse, marble, onyx, or enamel.
It is difficult to obtain the friendship of a cat. It is a philosophical animal… one that does not place its affections thoughtlessly.
To love is to admire with the heart; to admire is to love with the mind.
We’re going to fight racism not with racism, but we’re going to fight with solidarity. We say we’re not going to fight capitalism with black capitalism, but we’re going to fight it with socialism.