During times of war, hatred becomes quite respectable even though it has to masquerade often under the guise of patriotism.
Poetry proceeds from the totality of man, sense, imagination, intellect, love, desire, instinct, blood and spirit together.
A single idea, if it is right, saves us the labor of an infinity of experiences.
The great and admirable strength of America consists in this, that America is truly the American people.
Language is always burdened by thought.
It is the mind that makes the body.
Americans seem sometimes to believe that if you are a thinker you must be a frowning bore, because thinking is so damn serious.
I value teaching. It’s one of the places I get inspiration, engagement.
I became a poet in Pittsburgh. When I lived in the South, I was a basketball player and primarily a jock. An English teacher essentially suggested that I send the poems that I’d been writing – really just for him – to a few programs, so that when I wound up in Pittsburgh, it’s where I figured out that I could actually be a poet.
We look at the Mona Lisa and say we’re going to do our version of the Mona Lisa. We mirror it. But exaptation would say that painting the Mona Lisa would lead to a whole new place… Bugs Bunny.