“ Nobody ever told me what to read, or ever put poetry in my way. ”

— Isaac Rosenberg

“ I don't like to boast, but I have probably skipped more poetry than any other person of my age and weight in this country. ”

— Will Cuppy

“ 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. ”

— Randall Jarrell

“ I think Ginsberg has done more harm to the craft that I honor and live by than anybody else by reducing it to a kind of mean that enables the most dubious practitioners to claim they are poets because they think, If the kind of thing Ginsberg does is poetry, I can do that. ”

— James Dickey

“ But at the beginning it was clear to me that concrete poetry was peculiarly suited for using in public settings. This was my idea, but of course I never really much got the chance to do it. ”

— Ian Hamilton Finlay

“ Poetry is a totally different art than film. ”

— Stan Brakhage

“ The arts generally have had to recognize Modernism - how should poetry escape? ”

— John Crowe Ransom

“ And how can poetry stand up against its new conditions? Its position is perfectly precarious. ”

— John Crowe Ransom

“ When you're looking that far out, you're giving people their place in the universe, it touches people. Science is often visual, so it doesn't need translation. It's like poetry, it touches you. ”

— Story Musgrave

“ The Vietnam War and the Iraq war, in different ways, both made me feel like I could not not address them. I'm very doubtful about the usefulness of poetry to do that. ”

— Robert Hass

“ Not to make too much of a claim for poetry, but this is a question that goes to the moral heart of the business of any art: 'How do you see the world, and what right do you have to see the world in the way that you do?' ”

— Robert Hass

“ I teach a lecture course on American poetry to as many as 150 students. For a lot of them, it's their only elective, so this is their one shot. They'll take the Russian Novel or American Poetry, so I want to give them the high points, the inescapable poets. ”

— Robert Hass

“ At this point we've answered about every question you could possibly imagine about Deep Space Nine, so we do this thing called Theatrical Jazz, where we do a show of bits and pieces of things from plays and literature, poetry... stuff that we like. It's fun. ”

— Rene Auberjonois

“ The trouble with us in America isn't that the poetry of life has turned to prose, but that it has turned to advertising copy. ”

— Louis Kronenberger

“ Conventional wisdom notwithstanding, there is no reason either in football or in poetry why the two should not meet in a man's life if he has the weight and cares about the words. ”

— Archibald MacLeish

“ The same people who are murdered slowly in the mechanized slaughterhouses of work are also arguing, singing, drinking, dancing, making love, holding the streets, picking up weapons and inventing a new poetry. ”

— Raoul Vaneigem

“ On a summer night it can be lovely to sit around outside with friends after dinner and, yes, read poetry to each other. Keats and Yeats will never let you down, but it's differently exciting to read the work of poets who are still walking around out there. ”

— Michael Cunningham

“ I was in Paris at an English-language bookstore. I picked up a volume of Dickinson's poetry. I came back to my hotel, read 2,000 of her poems and immediately began composing in my head. I wrote down the melodies even before I got to a piano. ”

— Gordon Getty

“ Of course a poem is a two-way street. No poem is any good if it doesn't suggest to the reader things from his own mind and recollection that he will read into it, and will add to what the poet has suggested. But I do think poetry readings are very important. ”

— James Laughlin

“ I think we will always have the impulse towards visual poetry with us, and I wouldn't agree with Bly that it's a bad thing. It depends on the ability of the individual poet to do it well, and to make a shape which is interesting enough to hold your attention. ”

— James Laughlin

“ I think that is where poetry reading becomes such an individual thing. I mean I have friend who like poets who just don't say anything to me at all, I mean they seem to me rather ordinary and pedestrian. ”

— James Laughlin

“ Poetry is like a bird, it ignores all frontiers. ”

— Yevgeny Yevtushenko

“ In Australia, not reading poetry is the national pastime. ”

— Phyllis McGinley

“ If there's no money in poetry, neither is there poetry in money. ”

— Robert Graves

“ I have had much to learn from Sweden's poetry and, more especially, from her lyrics of the last generation. ”

— Knut Hamsun

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