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The courts cannot garnish a father’s salary, nor freeze his account, nor seize his property on behalf of his children, in our society. Apparently this…
My father was both the person who gave me reason to learn how to fight and the one who taught me the basics of fighting.…
So, poetry becomes a means for useful dialogue between people who are not only unknown, but mute to each other. It produces a dialogue among…
The music of language became extremely important to me, and obvious to me. By the time I was seven I was writing myself. I was…
The first function of poetry is to tell the truth, to learn how to do that, to find out what you really feel and what…
My father was very intense, passionate and over-the-top. He was my hero and my tyrant.
CORE was committed to nonviolence, but I was not.
It means to educate myself incessantly about the world around me.
But, based on my friendship with Evie as young mothers, I started going on freedom rides in 1966.
I wrote those poems for myself, as a way of being a soldier here in this country. I didn’t know the poems would travel. I…
We do not deride the fears of prospering white America. A nation of violence and private property has every reason to dread the violated and…
There are two ways to worry words. One is hoping for the greatest possible beauty in what is created. The other is to tell the…
One of the reasons I came to Berkeley was because I saw so many students of all different colors speaking so many different languages and…
In the process of telling the truth about what you feel or what you see, each of us has to get in touch with himself…
Consequently, most of us really exist at the mercy of other people’s formulations of what’s important.
Poetry is a political act because it involves telling the truth.
That attitude that fighting is probably not fair, but you have to defend yourself anyway and damage the enemy, has been profoundly consequential as far…
Language is political. That’s why you and me, my Brother and Sister, that’s why we supposed to choke our natural self into the weird, lying,…
Bisexuality means I am free and I am as likely to want to love a woman as I am likely to want to love a…
I think I have come to a place where I’m able to feel more comfortable about being honest.
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