"Poetry is the one place where people can speak their original human mind. It is the outlet for people to say in public what is known in private."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."Allen Ginsberg on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."Allen Ginsberg 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."Allen Ginsberg on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."Allen Ginsberg on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."Allen Ginsberg on Robert Frost
"My own experience is that a certain kind of genius among students is best brought out in bed."
"The only thing that can save the world is the reclaiming of the awareness of the world. That's what poetry does."
"Poetry is not an expression of the party line. It's that time of night, lying in bed, thinking what you really think, making the private world public, that's what the poet does."
"I want people to bow as they see me and say he is gifted with poetry, he has seen the presence of the creator."