For me, poetry is the colour of Elizabeth Taylor's eyes, or the pauses in Pinter's plays - only the pauses, not the words.
What makes our poetry so contemptible nowadays is its paucity of ideas. If you want to be read, invent. Who the Devil wouldn't like to read something new?
Then one can't make a living out of poetry? Certainly not. What fool expects to? Out of rhyming, yes.
While some mothers sing lullabies to their children, my mother read me poetry. And to this day, I associate my strongest and most insistent feelings with words lyrically organized on a page.
As civilization advances, poetry almost necessarily declines.
It isn't ideas I'm short of..I've got too many (Degas on discussing poetry with Mallarme,who replied)'Degas,you can't make a poem with ideas-you make it with words.
My poems are like a dagger Sprouting flowers from the hilt; My poetry is like a fountain Sprinkling streams of coral water.
Creativity is the result of a struggle between vitality and form. As anyone who has tried to write a sonnet or scan poetry, is aware, the form ideally do not take away from the creativity but may add to it.
They wanted to come in after the pounds, explained Pooh, so I let them. It's the best way to write poetry, letting things come.
Ornate rhetoric thought out of the rule of Plato... To which poetry would be made subsequent, or indeed rather precedent, as being less subtle and fine, but more simple, sensuous, and passionate.
Som-Som would later learn that the girl's name was Book. Ambiguous and suggestive sentences swirled out from the maroon bud of her nipple. Verses of elegant and cryptic passion followed the orbit of her left eye. Her fingers dripped with poetry.
What I write could only be called poetry because there is no other category to put it.
The point of poetry is to be acutely discomforting, to prod and provoke, to poke us in the eye, to punch us in the nose, to knock us off our feet, to take our breath away.
Good prose is written only face to face with poetry.
I have an attitude now that is immovable. I shall remain outside of the world, beyond the temporal, beyond all the organizations of the world. I only believe in poetry.
Rural poetry is the pleasure ground of those who live in cities.
The blood jet is poetry, There is no stopping it.
Poetry must be as well written as prose.
When the poet said that for him poetry was not a purpose, but a passion, he was also expressing the feelings of the true scientist to his own field.
The great modern heresy in poetry is to confuse the use we make of words in a poem with modalities of speech..For true poetry is never speech but always a song.
Poetry is creative expression..by creative I mean original..which raises the question how are we to recognise originality when we see it..it is an instinctive matter.
Poetry is not a mere shuffling of dead words or even a corralling of live ones.
This poetry. I never know what I'm going to say. I don't plan it. When I'm outside the saying of it, I get very quiet and rarely speak at all.
Extremes, though, are always risky and ordinarily downright baneful, and the dangers of prolonged contact with any poetry that seems to exceed what we most familiarly know of the first-class are formidable.
Poetry must be read to be poetry. It may be that one reader is all that I deserve. If this is so, I want that reader to be you.