The ear is the only true writer and the only true reader.
Humor is the most engaging cowardice.
We dance round in a ring and suppose, but the secret sits in the middle and knows.
Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.
They would not find me changed from him they knew – only more sure of all I thought was true.
Hell is a half-filled auditorium.
Freedom lies in being bold.
A poet never takes notes. You never take notes in a love affair.
The strongest and most effective force in guaranteeing the long-term maintenance of power is not violence in all the forms deployed by the dominant to control the dominated, but consent in all the forms in which the dominated acquiesce in their own domination.
I have never started a poem yet whose end I knew. Writing a poem is discovering.