CORE was committed to nonviolence, but I was not.
Poetry is a political act because it involves telling the truth.
It means to educate myself incessantly about the world around me.
My father was very intense, passionate and over-the-top. He was my hero and my tyrant.
I think I have come to a place where I'm able to feel more comfortable about being honest.
But, based on my friendship with Evie as young mothers, I started going on freedom rides in 1966.
Consequently, most of us really exist at the mercy of other people's formulations of what's important.
To tell the truth is to become beautiful, to begin to love yourself, value yourself. And that's political, in its most profound way.
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 truth.
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 a poet.