"I'd always loved poetry and I'd always loved writing music and composing music, but I hadn't thought of putting the two together until around that time."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."Bruce Cockburn on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."Bruce Cockburn 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."Bruce Cockburn on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."Bruce Cockburn on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."Bruce Cockburn on Robert Frost
"The second half of the '60s really was a kind of learning period, in terms of writing, for me."
"I woke up one morning with this song in my head, and the opening line of the song is, 'My name was Richard Nixon, only now I'm a girl.'"
"I like to think that if it hadn't gone as well as it has, if I wasn't able to make a living off of playing music, I would still be playing the music. But, of course, I wouldn't likely have had the opportunity to travel, and a lot of the places have inspired songs."