Quotes on Poetry

To write poetry, you don't have to like it.  John Kinsella (Australian poet), Agenda, Summer 2003

People are completely justified in their fears or their antipathy toward poetry, because much of it is emotionally serious, but also emotionally miserable as well as being incomprehenisble, and that's a kind of deadly combination.
                                                                                                                            Billy Collins, Planet Jackson Hole online, May 29, 2007

Too many contemporary poems start small and end smaller.  They don't bite off more than they can chew-they bite off so little they don't need to chew.                                                                             William Logan, Contemporary Poetry Review, August 2002

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