God has been replaced, as he has all over the West, with respectability and air conditioning.
A rich man told me recently that a liberal is a man who tells other people what to do with their money.
Jimmy Baldwin was the creator of contemporary American speech even before Americans could dig that. He created it so we could speak to each other at unimaginable intensities of feeling, so we could make sense to each other at yet higher and higher tempos.
I met Malcolm the month before he was killed. He deeply changed my mind about America.
Alas, we have not yet the power to render completely sterile or make impossible the errors and lies which will merely be America being itself rather than its unconvincing promise.
As a political artist, I think you have to learn how to create art, no matter what your ideology is.
I changed my name when we became aware of the African revolution and the whole question of our African roots.
Thought is more important than art. To revere art and have no understanding of the process that forces it into existence, is finally not even to understand what art is.
You have to start with slavery because those abuses have never been eradicated. You know, people are not living in slums because they voted to. You know, their children are not in jail because they wanted them to. You know, these are the results of a people who have been oppressed and suffer national oppression, you know.
The poet is someone, I think, who’s interested in registering experience immediately or giving you the sense of immediacy and directness.