Thus lynch law held sway in the far West until civilization spread into the Territories and the orderly processes of law took its place. The emergency no longer existing, lynching gradually disappeared from the West.
What’s a man’s age? He must hurry more, that’s all; Cram in a day, what his youth took a year to hold.
It took one human error to take my leg and one human error to take my mother’s.
I don’t think I’ve ever felt terribly comfortable writing about my body. First of all, I think I took my body for granted for so many years. I abused it a lot.
My definition of modernism took a while to develop.
It took me 14 years to write poems about Vietnam. I had never thought about writing about it, and in a way I had been systematically writing around it.
When people discuss the 1960s and the great Civil Rights Era, they often speak in romantic terms as if there wasn’t immense work put in, and as if there wasn’t immense sacrifice that took place. But none of those battles were easily fought and won; there were sustained movements behind them.
I considered going to film school; I took a course in film and was very interested in filmmaking as well as film writing.
Harlem was a development, a developer’s dream and a place where residents had more space and more amenities than ever before. The subway reached 145th street about 1904, and it seemed that Harlem’s destiny was to become largely a preserve of successful ethnics relocating and arriving. Then, overnight, the bust took place.
At one point I took on a new job, and I just didn’t have time to do anything but work.