"I gave up on new poetry myself thirty years ago, when most of it began to read like coded messages passing between lonely aliens on a hostile world."
"Poetry is what gets lost in translation."
"A poet is an unhappy being whose heart is torn by secret sufferings, but whose lips are so strangely formed that when the sighs and the cries escape them, they sound like beautiful music . . . and then people crowd about the poet and say to him: 'Sing for us soon again;' that is as much as to say, 'May new sufferings torment your soul.'"
- Soren Kierkegaard
"Publishing a volume of verse is like dropping a rose petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo."
"Poetry is an orphan of silence. The words never quite equal the experience behind them."