“Life loves the liver of it.”
“Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told: ‘I’m with you kid. Let’s go.’”
“Like a pianist runs her fingers over the keys, I’ll search my mind for what to say. Now, the poem may want you to write it. And then sometimes you see a situation and think, ‘I’d like to write about that.’ Those are two different ways of being approached by a poem, or approaching a poem.”
“Living in a state of terror was new to many white people in America, but black people have been living in a state of terror in this country for more than 400 years.”
“Love is like a virus. It can happen to anybody at any time.”
“Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.”
“Loving someone liberates the lover as well as the beloved. And that kind of love comes with age.”
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