"Written poetry is different. Best thing is to see it in performance first, then read it. Performance is more provocative."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."Adrian Mitchell on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."Adrian Mitchell 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."Adrian Mitchell on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."Adrian Mitchell on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."Adrian Mitchell on Robert Frost
"Most people ignore most poetry because most poetry ignores most people."
"Stadium rock and commercial rock are the opposite of what poetry needs. An audience of around 200 is ideal for poetry."
"I use rock and jazz and blues rhythms because I love that music. I hope my poetry has a relationship with good-time rock'n roll."