Live as long as you may, the first twenty years are the longest half of your life.
Artists and writers have to deal with the element that makes the real real and the dream real while you are dreaming it. That’s where stories and poems get their power.
To be outspoken is easy when you do not wait to speak the complete truth.
I think the existence of zombies would contradict certain laws of nature in our world. It seems to be a law of nature, in our world, that when you get a brain of a certain character you get consciousness going along with it.
The poet is someone, I think, who’s interested in registering experience immediately or giving you the sense of immediacy and directness.
You don’t always win your battles, but it’s good to know you fought.
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.
When you are new at sheep-raising and your ewe has a lamb, your impulse is to stay there and help it nurse and see to it and all. After a while, you know that the best thing you can do is walk out of the barn.
The best work is not what is most difficult for you; it is what you do best.
Don’t feel entitled to anything you didn’t sweat and struggle for.