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" All the new thinking is about loss, In this it resembles all the old thinking. "
" Writing is an incessant process of discovery. "
" As poet laureate, I was asked to be a spokesman for literature. "
" When I was in college, I lost my scholarship one year. I had enough money for tuition, but not room and board. So I camped in the hills. "
" Take the time to write. You can do your life's work in half an hour a day. "
" The Vietnam War and the Iraq war, in different ways, both made me feel like I could not not address them. I'm very doubtful about the usefulness of poetry to do that. "
" In California in the early Spring, There are pale yellow mornings, when the mist burns slowly into day, The air stings like Autumn, clarifies like pain - Well, I have dreamed this coast myself. "
" You begin to see that all of these things are connected: The kind of cuts that mean less environmental protection are also the kind of cuts that mean less musical education for the schools and that also mean more overcrowded schools. "
" I think that the job of poetry, its political job, is to refresh the idea of justice, which is going dead in us all the time. "
" When I was in high school in the '50s you were supposed to be an Elvis Presley, a James Dean, a Marlon Brando or a Kingston Trio type in a button-down shirt headed for the fraternities at Stanford or Cal. "
" The Earth forgives the previous year every year. "
" The first book that really knocked me out was the 'Brothers Karamazov.' I read it when I was a senior in high school. "
" I got interested in the question of literacy because writers are always moaning about why more people don't read books. "
" When I was younger, I was so crazy about poetry that I didn't notice who was noticing. It seemed to me so tremendous and large. "
" There are moments when the body is as numinous as words, days that are the good flesh continuing. Such tenderness, those afternoons and evenings, saying blackberry, blackberry, blackberry. "
" The market doesn't make communities. Markets make networks of self-interested individuals, and they work as long as there's more than enough to go around. "
" I would say Gary Snyder, who is from my part of the world as a poet and environmental thinker, will be read just as Henry Thoreau as John Muir will continue to be read. "
" I teach a lecture course on American poetry to as many as 150 students. For a lot of them, it's their only elective, so this is their one shot. They'll take the Russian Novel or American Poetry, so I want to give them the high points, the inescapable poets. "