December 5, 16

"If we have a responsibility as writers—and I’m not sure we do—ours is to see ourselves as clearly as we think we see the world, to, in the pursuit of our craft, pursue a truth that includes ourselves in its scope. Writers tell the truth. Writers...Read More  »

November 21, 16

"Love. I know it's cheesy but I am obsessed with love and how it shapes a reality between two individuals, a reality that others sometimes cannot fully perceive but can sense because of how the lovers' energies interact with one another. I think...Read More  »

November 9, 16

"Claiming poet as one of the many components of my identity allowed me to envision a future where I could center poetry and writing and conversations about both." Read More  »

November 7, 16

"Censorship is not being allowed to speak your language, it is having your mother tongue beaten out of you, it is being told your experiences are worthless because they are not the experiences of those in power." Read More  »

November 1, 16

"The collective purpose of writers might be keep us all sane, generous and accountable." Read More  »

October 25, 16

"What I try to resist is the self-censorship that stops us even trying to write something. That to my mind closes down the possibility too soon. The decision point comes after the writing, not before." Read More  »

October 18, 16

"The writer is responsible for what he writes. I'm old fashioned and think that the writer is responsible for making us more responsible and keeping words alive so we can reply when we're asked about life. And death. I think the writer must never...Read More  »

October 4, 16

"You are naturally paying tribute to the dead and the living, because a poem is the vehicle of reciprocal tension between what came before and what is present." Read More  »

August 23, 16

"There are certain people who don’t encrypt their e-mail, so we just create a coding system. Perhaps we are talking about having lunch at a certain restaurant, when in fact we are talking about meeting to do NSA research. It is a way to use codes...Read More  »

August 16, 16

"I don’t think it’s the responsibility of writers to do anything. We do it anyway—out of consciousness, not responsibility." Read More  »


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