Americans seem sometimes to believe that if you are a thinker you must be a frowning bore, because thinking is so damn serious.
I value teaching. It’s one of the places I get inspiration, engagement.
I became a poet in Pittsburgh. When I lived in the South, I was a basketball player and primarily a jock. An English teacher essentially suggested that I send the poems that I’d been writing – really just for him – to a few programs, so that when I wound up in Pittsburgh, it’s where I figured out that I could actually be a poet.
We look at the Mona Lisa and say we’re going to do our version of the Mona Lisa. We mirror it. But exaptation would say that painting the Mona Lisa would lead to a whole new place… Bugs Bunny.
At the core of life is a hard purposefulness, a determination to live.
A man of courage flees forward, in the midst of new things.
I am not going to die, I’m going home like a shooting star.
Art is not the kind of thing where you get what you put into it all the time. So I learned to not expect anything other than the sort of joy of having a poem in front of me.
It is pure illusion to think that an opinion that passes down from century to century, from generation to generation, may not be entirely false.
He who fears is literally delivered to destruction.