Robert Hayden was born 4 August 1913 and died 25 February 1980
Robert Hayden Quotes
- As you continue writing and rewriting, you begin to see possibilities you hadn’t seen before. Writing a poem is always a process of discovery.
- Art is not escape, but a way of finding order in chaos, a way of confronting life.
- We must not be frightened nor cajoled into accepting evil as deliverance from evil. We must go on struggling to be human, though monsters of abstractions police and threaten us.
- My poetry is a way of coming to grips with reality…a way of discovery and definition. It is a way of solving for the unknowns. (via)
Robert Hayden was an American poet, essayist, and educator. He served as Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 1976 to 1978, a role today known as US Poet Laureate. He was the first African-American writer to hold the office. He published the poetry collections Words in the Mourning Time; The Night-Blooming Cereus; Angle of Ascent: New and Selected Poems; and American Journal.
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