My mom was a terrible parent of young children. And thank God – I thank God every time I think of it – I was sent to my paternal grandmother. Ah, but my mother was a great parent of a young adult.
I like chicken a lot because chicken is generous – that is to say, it’s obedient. It will do whatever you tell it to do.
I think a number of the leaders are, whether you like it or not, in the hip-hop generation. And when they understand enough, they’ll do wonders. I count on them.
I wrote some of the worst poetry west from the Mississippi River, but I wrote. And I finally sometimes got it right.
I would be a liar, a hypocrite, or a fool – and I’m not any of those – to say that I don’t write for the reader. I do. But for the reader who hears, who really will work at it, going behind what I seem to say. So I write for myself and that reader who will pay the dues.
I was born in St. Louis but lived there just for a few minutes in my life.
Life loves the liver of it.
All of us knows, not what is expedient, not what is going to make us popular, not what the policy is, or the company policy – but in truth each of us knows what is the right thing to do. And that’s how I am guided.
When I write, I tend to twist my hair. Something for my small mind to do, I guess.
The hope, the hope that lives in the breast of the black American, is just so tremendous that it overwhelms me sometimes.