No one will improve your lot if you do not yourself.
The American Jewish left gets a lot of press time. But the American Jewish right does not. And in many ways, the American Jewish right is every bit as well-organized and perhaps better funded than the American Jewish left. And they also come out with criticism.
I don’t know if younger poets read a lot of, you know, the poets – the established poets. There was a lot of pretty boring stuff to sort of put up with and to add to, to make something vital from.
There’s a lot of projection that if you’re in service then you shouldn’t look good. I’m no different from anybody else. I like clothes, I like shoes, I like to go have nice dinners, I like to dance. Just because I’ve dedicated myself to serving women, why do you think I need to sacrifice myself?
A lot of people don’t understand what feminism is. They think it is about advance and success for women, but it’s not that at all. It is about power for the female left. And they have this, I think, ridiculous idea that American women are oppressed by the patriarchy and we need laws and government to solve our problems for us.
The first line is the DNA of the poem; the rest of the poem is constructed out of that first line. A lot of it has to do with tone because tone is the key signature for the poem. The basis of trust for a reader used to be meter and end-rhyme.
‘You better do a lot of praying’ is good counsel for all of the Lord’s servants, new or seasoned. It is what His wise servants do. They pray. The disciples of Jesus Christ when He lived on the earth noticed that about Him.
I thought that some of my best records was when there wasn’t a lot of work being done on it, like ‘Winter in America’ and ‘Secrets’ and when there weren’t a whole lot of people in the studios.
A lot of good arguments are spoiled by some fool who knows what he is talking about.
A lot of suffering is just getting rid of dross in yourself, and lingering and hanging in the darkness is often – I say this against myself – a failure of imagination, to imagine the door into the light.