To sit for one’s portrait is like being present at one’s own creation.
It is a tremendous honor to be named poet laureate, but one that I find humbling as well, because it’s the kind of thing that makes me feel like – even as it’s been bestowed upon me – I must continue to live up to what it means… Being the younger laureate in the age of social media is a new challenge.
There are two worlds out there – two Americas out there. If you’re a white person, there’s one way of being a citizen in our country, and if you’re a brown or a black body, there’s another way of being a citizen, and that way is very close to death. It’s very close to the loss of your life.
No one is depressed when they’re asleep, which is why being in bed is such a safe place if you’re really down.
All creatures are united to God alone in an immediate union. They depend essentially and directly upon Him. Being all alike equally impotent, they cannot be in reciprocal dependence upon one another.
Not being beautiful was the true blessing. Not being beautiful forced me to develop my inner resources. The pretty girl has a handicap to overcome.
It is only human supremacy, which is as unacceptable as racism and sexism, that makes us afraid of being more inclusive.
Fashion in the past meant conforming and losing oneself. Fashion in the present means being individual and finding oneself.
As African-Americans, that’s what’s being played fast and loose with, our citizenship. When you have the Trayvon Martins and the Michael Browns being shot and killed, it’s because, on a certain level, there is a kind of mutability in the understanding of citizenship around the black body.
I shall soon be six-and-twenty. Is there anything in the future that can possibly console us for not being always twenty-five?