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What is ironic is that Allen Ginsberg’s importance was in its twilight for so many years that it took his death to bring it to…
People write me from all over the country, asking me, and sometimes even telling me, what they think a poet laureate should do. I found…
One definition of eternity is that we are not alone on this planet, that there are those who’ve gone before and those who will come,…
Instead of trying to come up and pontificate on what literature is, you need to talk with children, to teachers, and make sure they get…
Have you ever heard a good joke? If you’ve ever heard someone just right, with the right pacing, then you’re already on the way to…
Going to the library was the one place we got to go without asking for permission. And they let us choose what we wanted to…
For years, I had heard about the lack of interest in literature in the U.S. and I had complained about it. I failed to understand…
Without imagination we can go nowhere. And imagination is not restricted to the arts. Every scientist I have met who has been a success has…
What writing does is to reveal.
There are distinct duties of a poet laureate. I plan a reading series at the Library of Congress and advise the librarian. The rest is…
The joy of working at something to find out what it means to me is what I grew up with.
It’s unfortunate that sometimes in schools, there’s this need to have things quantified and graded.
It really wasn’t until I was in college when I began to write more and more, and I realized I was scheduling my entire life…
I’m a night person. My best times are midnight to six, actually.
If they don’t read, if they don’t love reading; if they don’t find themselves compulsively reading, I don’t think they’re really a writer.
I write short stories, and I wrote a play.
It’s the combination of the intimate and the public that I find so exciting about being poet laureate.
Rap is only one end of a whole spectrum of verbal play and virtuosity. Rap is geared for aural pleasure.
I try to show what it is about language and music that enthralls, because I think those are the two elements of poetry.
I think that you certainly don’t have to be aged and travel the world to write a poem.
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