"Philip Larkin has a tough honesty and sense of humor that I find irresistible, as a contemporary poet."
"A joke is a very serious thing."Robert Morgan on Winston Churchill
"Humor is mankind's greatest blessing."Robert Morgan on Mark Twain
"Common sense and a sense of humor are the same thing, moving at different speeds. A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing."Robert Morgan on William James
"If I had no sense of humor, I would long ago have committed suicide."Robert Morgan on Mahatma Gandhi
"A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs. It's jolted by every pebble on the road."Robert Morgan on Henry Ward Beecher
"The young people have MTV and rock and roll. Why would they go to read poetry? Poetry belongs to the Stone Age. It awakens in us perceptions that go back to those times."
"Alchemy is the art of far and near, and I think poetry is alchemy in that way. It's delightful to distort size, to see something that's tiny as though it were vast."
"The idea of avant-garde art is a very suspicious thing to me, the idea that poetry is new and it keeps being new the way Chevrolets every year are new."
"Our most famous writers are Faulkner and Eudora Welty and Flannery O'Connor. It would make sense that the poetry would reflect some of those same values, some of the same techniques."
"In the later books I am much more at home in the use of language to describe things. I had never thought of that until a critic pointed that out."
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