"Of the individual poems, some are more lyric and some are more descriptive or narrative. Each poem is fixed in a moment. All those moments written or read together take on the movement and architecture of a narrative."
"We shape our buildings thereafter they shape us."Marilyn Hacker on Winston Churchill
"Whatever good things we build end up building us."Marilyn Hacker on Jim Rohn
"I don't build in order to have clients. I have clients in order to build."Marilyn Hacker on Ayn Rand
"A building has integrity just like a man. And just as seldom."Marilyn Hacker on Ayn Rand
"Every great architect is - necessarily - a great poet. He must be a great original interpreter of his time, his day, his age."Marilyn Hacker on Frank Lloyd Wright
"I started to send my work to journals when I was 26, which was just a question of when I got the courage up. They were mostly journals I had been reading for the previous six or seven years."
"You are almost not free, if you are teaching a group of graduate students, to become friends with one of them. I don't mean anything erotically charged, just a friendship."
"My mother was told she couldn't go to medical school because she was a woman and a Jew. So she became a teacher in the New York City public school system."
"Everyone thinks they're going to write one book of poems or one novel."
"Translation is an interestingly different way to be involved both with poetry and with the language that I've found myself living in much of the time. I think the two feed each other."