Writing, to me, is simply thinking through my fingers.
A classic rule of writing and editing: when writing, don` t hesitate to include something; when editing, don` t hesitate to throw it out.
Everyone wants an exciting life, but most people are afraid to take the bull by the horns. So they take an easy option for an exciting life. They live their excitement through other people.
A person`s never too old for stories [...]. Man and boy, girl and woman, never too old. We live for them.
There’s nothing like stories on a windy night when folks have found a warm place in a cold world.
Publishing a volume of verse [is] like dropping a rose-petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo.
When I sit down to write a book, I do not say to myself, `I am going to produce a work of art`. I write it because there is some lie that I want to expose, some fact to which I want to draw attention, and my initial concern is to get a hearing.
Stories are, in one way or another, mirrors. We use them to explain to ourselves how the world works or how it doesn`t work. Like mirrors, stories prepare us for the day to come. They distract us from the things in the darkness.
Literature keeps language alive as our collective heritage.
You cannot hear a poem without it changing you.
The poetic image, in its newness, opens a future to language.
Only the very weak-minded refuse to be influenced by literature and poetry.
Write with the door closed, rewrite with the door open.