"In rap music, even though the element of poetry is very strong, so is the element of the drum, the implication of the dance. Without the beat, its commercial value would certainly be more tenuous."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."Archie Shepp on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."Archie Shepp 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."Archie Shepp on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."Archie Shepp on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."Archie Shepp on Robert Frost
"Negro music and culture are intrinsically improvisational, existential. Nothing is sacred. After a decade, a musical idea, no matter how innovative, is threatened."