"I was trained as an actress. But I wasn't a very convincing actress, so I started doing punk poetry and then fell into doing stand-up."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."Jenny Eclair on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."Jenny Eclair 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."Jenny Eclair on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."Jenny Eclair on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."Jenny Eclair on Robert Frost
"After graduating from flares and platforms in the early 1970s, I started drama school wearing a pair of khaki dungarees with one of my Dad's Army shirts, accessorised by a cat's basket doubling as a handbag. Very Lady Gaga."
"I've just got crap hair. Although I inherited a lot of stuff from my dad, including giant knees, I didn't get his good, thick hair. I got my mother's thin, wispy, non-event hair instead."
"I think I might actually die of showing off. It'll be on my headstone - 'Cause of Death: Showing Off.'"
"I'm very jealous of my daughter's education. She's been inspired by her teachers, and nobody inspired me as a teenager."
"I have a fear of poverty in old age. I have this vision of myself living in a skip and eating cat food. It's because I'm freelance, and I've never had a proper job. I don't have a pension, and my savings are dwindling. I always thought someone would just come along and look after me."
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