Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world.
Percy Bysshe Shelley
Publishing a volume of verse is like dropping a rose petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo.
Sometimes poetry is inspired by the conversation entered into by reading other poems.
The moment of change is the only poem.
The novel is born of disillusionment; the poem, of despair.
If you read quickly to get through a poem to what it means, you have missed the body of the poem.
M. H. Abrams
No poem is easily grasped; so why should any reader expect fast results?
A poem can have an impact, but you can't expect an audience to understand all the nuances.
A poem conveys not a message so much as the provenance of a message, an advent of sense.
Every single soul is a poem.