The good poet sticks to his real loves, those within the realm of possibility. He never tries to hold hands with God or the human race.
I am a member of the Muskogee people. I’m a poet, a musician, a dreamer of sorts, a questioner. Like everyone else, I’m looking for answers of some sort or the other.
Anyone can escape into sleep, we are all geniuses when we dream, the butcher’s the poet’s equal there.
There exist only three beings worthy of respect: the priest, the soldier, the poet. To know, to kill, to create.
I think there is a great difference, in that when the poet is reading you get the whole personality of the person, especially if he’s a good reader. Whereas a person just sitting gets what he puts into it.
The poet is a madman lost in adventure.
If a poet is anybody, he is somebody to whom things made matter very little – somebody who is obsessed by Making.
I fell in love with social work, and that was my undoing as a poet.
If everybody became a poet the world would be much better. We would all read to each other.
To this congress the poet speaks not of peculiar and personal things, but of what in himself is most common, most anonymous, most fundamental, most true of all men.