Art: If the object of poetry is, to make men, then poetry is the heir of prophecy.
There is no Frigate like a book to take us lands away nor any coursers like a page of prancing Poetry.
It should here be added that poetry habitually takes the form of verse.
I’m not precisely saying that a really good board meeting at the MLA (Museums, Libraries and Archives Coucil) makes me want to go and write poetry, but there is a pleasure in doing that sort of thing well.
Since the printing press came into being, poetry has ceased to be the delight of the whole community of man; it has become the amusement and delight of the few.
I was influenced by surrealist poetry and painting as were thousands of other people, and it seems to me to have become a part of the way I write, but it’s not.
I think that one possible definition of our modern culture is that it is one in which nine-tenths of our intellectuals can’t read any poetry.
Poetry remembers that it was an oral art before it was a written art.
Learn poetry by heart. If you know a poem by heart, no one can take it away from you, and you can take advantage of it anytime.
We all need ways to express ourselves, and poetry is one of mine.