"If you go into a bar in most places in America and even say the word poetry, you'll probably get beaten up. But poetry is a really strong, beautiful form to me, and a lot of innovation in language comes from poetry."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."Jim Jarmusch on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."Jim Jarmusch 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."Jim Jarmusch on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."Jim Jarmusch on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."Jim Jarmusch on Robert Frost
"Cricket makes no sense to me. I find it beautiful to watch and I like that they break for tea. That is very cool, but I don't understand. My friends from The Clash tried to explain it years and years ago, but I didn't understand what they were talking about."
"I didn't get my degree at NYU I got it later, they gave me an honourary one."
"I think it comes from really liking literary forms. Poetry is very beautiful, but the space on the page can be as affecting as where the text is. Like when Miles Davis doesn't play, it has a poignancy to it."
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