Poetry isn’t a profession, it’s a way of life. It’s an empty basket; you put your life into it and make something out of that.
Love is just such a crucial, wonderful thing, and if you are lucky enough to find somebody who genuinely loves you, grab that person and hold on to that person, and nothing else matters.
Writers must… take care of the sensibility that houses the possibility of poems.
It’s very important to write things down instantly, or you can lose the way you were thinking out a line. I have a rule that if I wake up at 3 in the morning and think of something, I write it down. I can’t wait until morning – it’ll be gone.
As a child, what captivated me was reading the poems myself and realizing that there was a world without material substance which was nevertheless as alive as any other.
I will say go into the world and try to find good people that feel genuine affection and love for you, and disregard everything else about their background.
The biggest accomplishment, in racial terms, for Barack Obama was being elected. He had to overcome his blackness to be elected. He climbed the Mt. Everest of American politics, becoming an historic first.
As important as the presidency is, that’s not the only thing to take a look at in determining the racial health of the United States.
I worked probably 25 years by myself, just writing and working, not trying to publish much, not giving readings.
In law school, I earned the respect of professors and served on the editorial board of ‘The Yale Law Journal.’