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I write short stories, and I wrote a play.
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.
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.
It's the combination of the intimate and the public that I find so exciting about being poet laureate.
It's unfortunate that sometimes in schools, there's this need to have things quantified and graded.
Rap is only one end of a whole spectrum of verbal play and virtuosity. Rap is geared for aural pleasure.
The joy of working at something to find out what it means to me is what I grew up with.
I believe people may have a predisposition for artistic creativity. It doesn't mean they're going to make it.
I loved to read, but I always thought that the dream was too far away. The person who had written the book was a god, it wasn't a person.
For years, I had heard about the lack of interest in literature in the U.S. and I had complained about it. I failed to understand how people could fail to be moved by art.
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.
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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