Poetry comes alive to me through recitation.
It's really wonderful to be able to be nobody, and then have a moment when I can be somebody, and then go right back to being nobody again.
I'm going to be shaking my booty when I'm 55.
Literature gives us a window into other people's experiences in other places, in other times, so I thought it would be really interesting to investigate how different people had written about motherhood, and childhood.
I was shy. Bookish. The kind of 13-year-old girl who, instead of having a boyfriend, would have a crush on a dead, 19th-century author!
I can't remove the autobiographical slant from the things I write. You always bring yourself into what you're writing.
I don't think women's prisons are environments for dance routines, and I don't think mass murder is humorous.
The research phase was really fascinating - I'm not a closeted nerd, I'm an out-of-the-closet nerd.
I don't want to live in a culture of despair. I'd like to live in a culture of hope.
I've raised my daughter with no television.
My mother was a single working mother; she started having children very young. There was a tension inside her about who she wanted to be and what she wanted to do and how she couldn't achieve the things she wanted to.
Be true to yourself, and, um, don't worry about some large companies' quarterly profit index.
I wish I had appreciated my youth - I should have worn tighter clothing when I could have!
I would say I'd rather dig a ditch, you know, do hard, manual labor than write lyrics.
I'm on this search trying to figure out exactly who I am and what I have to say to people.
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