No one can write like Vallejo and not sound like a fraud. He’s just too much himself and not you.
Reading your own material aloud forces you to listen.
Liberty is not a means to a higher political end. It is itself the highest political end.
The irony is, going to work every day became the subject of probably my best poetry.
World War II, the atomic bomb, the Cold War, made it hard for Americans to continue their optimism.
There’ll always be working people in my poems because I grew up with them, and I am a poet of memory.
The long term versus the short term argument is one used by losers.
Meet some people who care about poetry the way you do. You’ll have that readership. Keep going until you know you’re doing work that’s worthy. And then see what happens. That’s my advice.
Save for the wild force of Nature, nothing moves in this world that is not Greek in its origin.
Winning the Revolutionary War, or the Civil War, or World War II were the turning points in our history, the sine qua non of our forward progress.