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My favorite poets may not be your bread and butter. I have more favorite poems than favorite poets.
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.
Libraries are where it all begins.
It's unfortunate that sometimes in schools, there's this need to have things quantified and graded.
It's the combination of the intimate and the public that I find so exciting about being poet laureate.
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 around my writing.
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.
In working on a poem, I love to revise. Lots of younger poets don't enjoy this, but in the process of revision I discover things.
If we really want to be full and generous in spirit, we have no choice but to trust at some level.
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.
I was apprehensive. I feared every time I talked about poetry, it would be filtered through the lens of race, sex, and age.
I was appointed Poet Laureate. It came totally out of the blue because most Poet Laureates had been considerably older than I. It was not something that I even had begun to dream about!
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