"I want a fever, in poetry: a fever, and tranquillity."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."James Dickey on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."James Dickey on Oscar Wilde
"Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things."James Dickey on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."James Dickey on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."James Dickey on Robert Frost
"The New York Quarterly is an amazing, intelligent, crazy, creative, strange, and indispensable magazine."
"She was the Judy Garland of American poetry."
"I think Ginsberg has done more harm to the craft that I honor and live by than anybody else by reducing it to a kind of mean that enables the most dubious practitioners to claim they are poets because they think, If the kind of thing Ginsberg does is poetry, I can do that."
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