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Born: 1949-04-01
Profession: Poet
Nation: American
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I was a better writer when I was teaching. I was constantly going over the basics and constantly reminding myself, as I reminded my students, what made a good story, a good poem.

Tags: Good, Story, Writer

If you're supposed to be doing something, the spirits will come and help you. They have helped me out with lines I shouldn't have known, chords I shouldn't have known. Every once in a while I get lines from somewhere, and I think, I better write this down.

Tags: Help, Once, Write

You know what has made me the happiest I've ever been? Seeing my son and daughter graduate from college. More than wanting them to be educated, I wanted them to be nice people. To see that they have become both is just a wonderful thing.

Tags: Become, Nice, Son

The way you get to know yourself is by the expressions on other people's faces, because that's the only thing that you can see, unless you carry a mirror about.

Tags: Mirror, Unless, Yourself

Every once in a while, you live long enough to get the respect that people didn't want to give while you were trying to become a senior citizen.

Tags: Give, Respect, Trying

I've always had questions about what it meant to be a protester, to be in the minority. Are the people who are trying to find peace, who are trying to have the Constitution apply to everybody, are they really the radicals? We're not protesting from the outside. We're inside.

Tags: Everybody, Peace, Trying

Music has the power to make me feel good like nothing else does. It gives me some peace for a while. Takes me back to who I really am.

Tags: Good, Music, Peace

As for money - when I have it, it's great. When I don't, I go get some. I've been a dishwasher, a gardener, a cleaner.

Tags: Cleaner, Great, Money

The revolution that takes place in your head, nobody will ever see that.

Tags: Head, Place, Revolution

Everything that's bad for you catches on too quickly in America, because that's the easiest thing to get people to invest in, the pursuits that are easy and destructive, the ones that bring out the least positive aspects of people.

Tags: America, Bad, Positive

If someone comes to you and asks for help, and you can help them, you're supposed to help them. Why wouldn't you? You have been put in the position somehow to be able to help this person.

Tags: Help, Someone, Why

I was a piano player before I was a poet.

Tags: Piano, Player, Poet

Our accomplishments show what kind of people we are.

Tags: Show

Well, I grew up on the blues, man!

Tags: Blues

Colour is not the issue in America; class is.

Tags: America, Class, Issue

Every show that sells out is like a hero's welcome for me.

Tags: Hero, Show, Welcome

I am honestly not sure how capable I am of love. And I'm not sure why.

Tags: Love, Sure, Why

I cannot afford to watch Fox News.

Tags: Cannot, News, Watch

I don't mind being criticized. I enjoy being criticized personally, not by rumor.

Tags: Enjoy, Mind, Rumor

I learnt early on that your audience take the songs in the way they want to rather than the way you might want them too.

Tags: Early, Might, Rather

I tour more than I need to, more than is good for you. But it's my favorite part of music. I much prefer it to studio work.

Tags: Good, Music, Work

I was one of the first three black students to go to an all-white school in Tennessee.

Tags: Black, School, Three

If you aren't having no fun, die, because you're running a worthless program, far as I'm concerned.

Tags: Die, Far, Fun

My songs were always about the tone of voice rather than the words.

Tags: Rather, Voice, Words

Schedule? I have no schedule. There is no hurry. I work when I want to.

Tags: Hurry, Schedule, Work

You have to learn and keep learning.

Tags: Keep, Learn, Learning
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You should be able to do anything you can afford as an adult.

Tags: Able, Adult, Afford

Your life has to consist of more than 'Black people should unite.' You hope they do, but not twenty-four hours a day.

Tags: Black, Hope, Life
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