I think my mother... made it clear that you have to live life by your own terms and you have to not worry about what other people think and you have to have the courage to do the unexpected.
There's so much to think about when you're becoming an adult, and there's so many great poems about that apprehension and excitement.
The biggest problem is people are afraid of poetry, think they can't understand it or that it will be boring.
We need a President who is not afraid of complexity, who believes in an open and tolerant society, and who knows that the world can be made new again - and that President is Al Gore.
It is not easy to stand up against your constituents or your friends or colleagues or your community and take a tough stand for something you believe is right. Because you always want to keep working and live to fight another battle and it might cost you your career.
One of the greatest gifts my brother and I received from my mother was her love of literature and language. With their boundless energy, libraries open the door to these worlds and so many others. I urge young and old alike to embrace all that libraries have to offer.
I've been a Democrat all my life.
As much as we need a prosperous economy, we also need a prosperity of kindness and decency.
I feel like my grandparents and parents gave me a tremendous amount. And if I can pass some of that on, then I'll be very happy.
In terms of my marriage, you know, falling in love with my husband was by far the best thing that's ever happened to me.
When you make the right decision, it doesn't really matter what anyone else thinks.
In a funny way, poems are suited to modern life. They're short, they're intense. Nobody has time to read a 700-page book. People read magazines, and a poem takes less time than an article.
Well, I think, you know, the arts are really what - one of the things that make this country strong. We always think it's our economy or our military power, but in fact, I think it's our culture, our civilization, our ideas, our creativity.
Going into politics is something people have asked me about forever.