Anna Mendelssohn: “men act as if they own the poetic mind”

William S. Burroughs: “Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer.”

Robert Mezey: “There are poems about the terror of death, and they are very grim. Such a poem offers no consolation other than itself. Good poems exist as forms of consolation beyond the subjects they explore. Even if a poem asserts that nothing can help assuage the suffering caused by death, the poem itself may help the reader face that suffering. It’s odd how that happens. This is one of the most magical aspects of art.”

Frederick Turner: “I do think the process of saving the world must have poetry at its center. The thing about a true poet is that despite all his or her flaws s/he carries this huge prophetic truth-telling gift that must be given to the world at any cost. The gift is to again and again struggle to create a language that can contain all human meanings. Only with such a language can people work together.”