|Gieve Patel: "...if a poem is clear, well thought out, purposive,
logical and true, it will have changed something...first, in the poet
himself...because if this does not happen...there is no poem."
|Pascale Petit: "A good way to gain converts is to set up
poetry-writing workshops in new areas. Some participants will already
be published, most are beginners, vast numbers of whom have been secretly
scribbling for years."
|Sharon Olds: "I wish I were able to write better when there
is no I in the poem. Somehow, the many such poems which I do write
rarely feel right to me; I lack that gift which I admire in others."
|Nissim Ezekiel: "Scores of my poems are obviously written
for personal, therapeutic purposes...what a poet knows makes a poem what
it is, if the poet's knowledge is alive and his art fully extended while
he writes the poem."
|Neil Rollinson: "The work of a poet is a little like that
of the archaulogist, you scrape away at a seemingly normal, inocuous surface
and, suddenly, you find something surprising, something you never knew
was there before."
|Peter Forbes: "The task for poetry promoters now must be
to give maximum exposure to those poems which could take their place in
people's affections.Once lift-off is achieved...the poems are on their
|AK Ramanujan: "English and my disciplines (linguistics,
anthropology) give me my 'outer' forms...and my first thirty years in
India...the classics and folklore give me my substance, my 'inner' forms.
They are continuous with each other, and I no longer can tell what comes
|Jayanta Mahapatra: "What appears to disturb me is the triumph
of silence in the mind...they are also longings amid the flow of voices
toward a need that I feel is defensive. A poem makes me see out of it
in all directions, like a sieve, and I am almost relieved at that all-important
|T S Eliot: "The great writer doesn't write about experiences
he's had, but experiences he's going to have."
|W H Auden: "All genuine poetry is in a sense the formation of private spheres out of public chaos; and therefore we would remind those who annually critisize us for lack of homogeneity,...that on the whole it is environment which conditions values, not values which form environment..."|
|Alice Oswald: "Upto now, I've been using a dry-stone method:
finding discrete blocks of words and jamming them together to make something
unshakeable. But I need something more baroque and growing, more like
|Glyn Maxwell: "I was taught, and agree, that Poetry the
word is a qualitative description, not a category of writing. What we
all do is called verse. Some, sometimes, somehow, and not for long, write
|Maura Dooley: "Now I have to see where the journey takes
me next. U A Fanthorpe once told me always to keep back a few favourites,
'don't rob the nest'. Good advice, I think to myself as I look in my empty
folder and try to remember how to write a poem."
|Tobias Hill: "Poetry is a shaping and carving, and the poet's
methods can be lined up on the page like a sculpter's tools: rhyme, rhythm,
line-breaking, repetition. These are power-tools and etching acids."
|Ciaran Carson: "...had no idea what I would write; nor would
I have any clue about the outcome. But the accident of rhyme, once I hit
upon one, would provide a narrative thread, and by about the third couplet,
one would have some idea as to its direction."
|Gary Geddes: "The writing or reading of a good poem is anything
but tranquil; it can take you by the throat and change your life utterly."
|Fergus Allen: "My verses are not verbal outpourings triggered
by the reactions of my endocrine system to things, situations, events
or ideas, but constructions, arrangements of words, intended to arouse
feelings in others."
|Kate Clanchy: "I have earned my own money, found my room
of my own, controlled my fertility, chosen my friends -- I have lived
like a man. But it still took me years to start writing...I didn't have
anything interestingly illegitimate to say.."