"You don't help people in your poems. I've been trying to help people all my life - that's my trouble."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."Charles Olson on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."Charles Olson 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."Charles Olson on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."Charles Olson on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."Charles Olson on Robert Frost
"This morning of the small snow I count the blessings, the leak in the faucet which makes of the sink time, the drop of the water on water."
"I don't live for poetry. I live far more than anybody else does."