American poet and academic
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- I have a line in the last book about how to draw an invisible man, and it says, “I’m trying to be transparent.” I don’t actually want to be invisible, which is the dilemma of people of color, but I would like to be transparent, so people can see what my issues are, good and bad. I just try to be transparent and very present, and then see what happens.
- On seeking transparency in “Terrance Hayes on Shakespeare, Ol’ Dirty Bastard and What Makes a Good MFA” in Lit Hub (2018 May 9)
- …All my flaws and quirks and neuroses, they fit just as well as the scarring that comes from racism or masculinity, and I don’t want to have to cut that off. People confuse privacy and secrecy way too much. I’m not saying it’s confessional, but it gives more texture to your work if you can figure out how not to close off those rooms.
- On privacy and secrecy in “Terrance Hayes on Shakespeare, Ol’ Dirty Bastard and What Makes a Good MFA” in Lit Hub (2018 May 9)
- …here’s the thing about all the titles. It’s so great to not have to think about that. The title is a gesture to categorize it, reduce it, and frame it. In the sonnets I can carry an idea and know that I have to turn that idea…
- On avoiding titling an unfinished work in “Interview with Terrance Hayes” in the Katonah Poetry Series (2017 Sep 21)
- …I think that poets can do anything. With a novel, we all know about plot and character and yes, there’s experimental and people can recognize that, but I think that there are rules. I don’t think of poetry that way…
- On poets having certain freedoms in “Interview with Terrance Hayes” in the Katonah Poetry Series (2017 Sep 21)
- I too, having lost faith
in language, have placed my faith in language.
- Lighthead (2010), "Snow for Wallace Stevens"