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'I was apprehensive. I feared every time I talked about poetry, it would be filtered through the lens of race, sex, and age.'


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'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, and that there is a community of spirits.'


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'I thought, after the Pulitzer, at least nothing will surprise me quite that much in my life. And another one happened. It was quite amazing.'


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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 the front page. He electrified an entire world!'


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'You have to imagine it possible before you can see something. You can have the evidence right in front of you, but if you can't imagine something that has never existed before, it's impossible.'


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'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 had to imagine.'


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'My father is a chemist, my mother was a homemaker. My parents instilled in us the feeling that learning was the most exciting thing that could happen to you, and it never ends.'


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'Poetry is language at its most distilled and most powerful.'


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'I try to show what it is about language and music that enthralls, because I think those are the two elements of poetry.'


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'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 poetry. It's about using words in very precise ways and using gesture.'


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'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 poetry in the curriculum early.'


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'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 how I want to promote poetry.'


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'I was apprehensive. I feared every time I talked about poetry, it would be filtered through the lens of race, sex, and age.'


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'I see a resurgence of interest in poetry. I am less optimistic about the prospects for the arts when it comes to federal funding.'


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'The poetry that sustains me is when I feel that, for a minute, the clouds have parted and I've seen ecstasy or something.'


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'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 had to imagine.'


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'If we really want to be full and generous in spirit, we have no choice but to trust at some level.'

 

 

 

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