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~ Thursday, August 30 ~
I would encourage young writers to read. Please read aloud. Go into a room, close the door, so you can hear how the language sounds. Read your own work and someone you admire. I’m a great admirer of Langston Hughes’ poetry and that of Edna St. Vincent Millay and Virginia Woolf. When I was trying to form my own voice, my own melody, I would read aloud, and I found it did me so much good.
— Maya Angelou, in a recent interview with The Old Gold & Black, gives advice to aspiring writers.
[Literature] belongs to the writer until it’s written. Once it’s written, it belongs to everybody. Everybody puts their own meaning on it, according to their life and understanding, according to their interest. I’ve had people explain to me what my poem meant, and I’ve been surprised that it means that to them. If a person can use a poem of mine to interpret her life or his life, good. I can’t control that. Nor would I want to.
— Maya Angelou, in a recent interview with The Old Gold & Black, on whether literature belongs to the reader or writer.
America is certainly not post-racial. The political blathering on in this campaign is very unsettling. Racism will not be ended until a black mother’s son is as valuable as a white mother’s son, until a black father’s daughter is as valuable as a white father’s daughter. It will continue until each one of us takes responsibility and stops identifying ourselves by our ignorance.
— Maya Angelou, in a recent interview with The Old Gold & Black, speaks on racism in America. (via railockhart)