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The American Dream is a phrase we'll have to wrestle with all of our lives. It means a lot of things to different people. I think we're redefining it now.
Rap is only one end of a whole spectrum of verbal play and virtuosity. Rap is geared for aural pleasure.
Poetry is language at its most distilled and most powerful.
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 that immensely valuable.
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.
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.
Being Fed Up
Brother And Sister
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