A poem is true if it hangs together. Information points to something else. A poem points to nothing but itself.
- E. M. Forster
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Poetry is like a bird, it ignores all frontiers.
- Yevgeny Yevtushenko
Poetry should help, not only to refine the language of the time, but to prevent it from changing too rapidly.
- T. S. Eliot
Poetry should surprise by a fine excess and not by singularity, it should strike the reader as a wording of his own highest thoughts, and appear almost a remembrance.
- John Keats
If you cannot be a poet, be the poem.
- David Carradine
I have always wanted what I have now come to call the voice of personal narrative. That has always been the appealing voice in poetry. It started for me lyrically in Shakespeare's sonnets.
- Diane Wakoski
Well, I had this little notion - I started writing when I was eleven, writing poetry. I was passionately addicted to it it was my great refuge through adolescence.
- Harry Mathews
Today the U.S. is farther from being nourished by poetry than it was a hundred years ago, when books of poems were best-sellers.
- James Broughton
Listen, real poetry doesn't say anything it just ticks off the possibilities. Opens all doors. You can walk through anyone that suits you.
- Jim Morrison