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.
Tell First Feel
To tell the truth is to become beautiful, to begin to love yourself, value yourself. And that's political, in its most profound way.
Most Love Yourself Value
Poetry is a political act because it involves telling the truth.
Act Telling The Truth
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.
You Each Telling
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.
Political Anyway Enemy
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.
Violated Nation Fears
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.
Truth Two Created
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?
Want About Freedom
Consequently, most of us really exist at the mercy of other people's formulations of what's important.
Mercy Consequently Important
I think I have come to a place where I'm able to feel more comfortable about being honest.
Think Place Being Honest
It means to educate myself incessantly about the world around me.
Myself World Educate
My father was very intense, passionate and over-the-top. He was my hero and my tyrant.
Intense Over-The-Top Father