In my work and in myself I reflect black people, women and men, as I reflect others. One day even the most self-protective ones will look into the mirror I provide and not be afraid.
Yes, Mother. I can see you are flawed. You have not hidden it. That is your greatest gift to me.
I started writing as a child. But I didn't think of myself actually writing until I was in college. And I had gone to Africa as a sophomore or something - no, maybe junior - and wrote a book of poems. And that was my beginning. I published that book.
The experience of God, or in any case the possibility of experiencing God, is innate.