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Bisexuality means I am free and I am as likely to want to love a woman as I am likely to want to love a man, and what about that? Isn't that what freedom implies?
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But, based on my friendship with Evie as young mothers, I started going on freedom rides in 1966.
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Consequently, most of us really exist at the mercy of other people's formulations of what's important.
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CORE was committed to nonviolence, but I was not.
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For a very long time, Black women, particularly, were socialized to revere our mothers, to honor them. I did my part as well.
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I am a feminist, and what that means to me is much the same as the meaning of the fact that I am Black: it means that I must undertake to love myself and to respect myself as though my very life depends upon self-love and self-respect.
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I think I have come to a place where I'm able to feel more comfortable about being honest.
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I wrote those poems for myself, as a way of being a soldier here in this country. I didn't know the poems would travel. I didn't go to Lebanon until two years ago, but people told me that many Arabs had memorized these poems and translated them into Arabic.
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In the name of motherhood and fatherhood and education and good manners, we threaten and suffocate and bind and ensnare and bribe and trick children into wholesale emulation of our ways.
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In the process of telling the truth about what you feel or what you see, each of us has to get in touch with himself or herself in a really deep, serious way.
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It means to educate myself incessantly about the world around me.
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Language is political. That's why you and me, my Brother and Sister, that's why we supposed to choke our natural self into the weird, lying, barbarous, unreal, white speech and writing habits that the schools lay down like holy law.
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My father was both the person who gave me reason to learn how to fight and the one who taught me the basics of fighting. He would tell me that if it was a big fight, it would probably be uneven, it wouldn't be fair.
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My father was very intense, passionate and over-the-top. He was my hero and my tyrant.
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My mother was shadowy. I would be very hard-put to tell you what about me, about the way I am or think, comes from my mother.
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One of the reasons I came to Berkeley was because I saw so many students of all different colors speaking so many different languages and ferociously presenting all these different views. I thought, this is the 21st century and I want to be here!
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Poetry is a political act because it involves telling the truth.
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So, poetry becomes a means for useful dialogue between people who are not only unknown, but mute to each other. It produces a dialogue among people that guards all of us against manipulation by our so-called leaders.
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That attitude that fighting is probably not fair, but you have to defend yourself anyway and damage the enemy, has been profoundly consequential as far as my political activism goes.
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That, of course, was the hook that I seized in order to try and memorize this stuff so I could avoid getting beaten in the morning.
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The courts cannot garnish a father's salary, nor freeze his account, nor seize his property on behalf of his children, in our society. Apparently this is because a kid is not a car or a couch or a boat.
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The first function of poetry is to tell the truth, to learn how to do that, to find out what you really feel and what you really think.
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The music of language became extremely important to me, and obvious to me. By the time I was seven I was writing myself. I was a poet.
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The purpose of polite behavior is never virtuous. Deceit, surrender, and concealment: these are not virtues. The goal of the mannerly is comfort, per se.
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There are two ways to worry words. One is hoping for the greatest possible beauty in what is created. The other is to tell the truth.
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There's a war going on inside the United States - 1.4 million children in California are at risk of becoming a servant class!
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This literature was completely incomprehensible to me, but I became immersed in the sounds of the language of these great writers.
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To tell the truth is to become beautiful, to begin to love yourself, value yourself. And that's political, in its most profound way.
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We do not deride the fears of prospering white America. A nation of violence and private property has every reason to dread the violated and the deprived.
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We got to New Jersey someplace, and we went in to get a cup of coffee, and they wouldn't serve us. We waited so long I fell asleep at the counter. The next thing I knew, this big white guy in a Marine uniform was waking me up and talking about I should get up and give him my seat.
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