"The mystic purchases a moment of exhilaration with a lifetime of confusion and the confusion is infectious and destructive. It is confusing and destructive to try and explain anything in terms of anything else, poetry in terms of psychology."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."Basil Bunting on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."Basil Bunting 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."Basil Bunting on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."Basil Bunting on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."Basil Bunting on Robert Frost