"I hardly remember how I started to write poetry. It's hard to imagine what I thought poetry could do."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."David Antin on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."David Antin 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."David Antin on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."David Antin on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."David Antin on Robert Frost
"When you grow up in a family of languages, you develop a kind of casual fluency, so that languages, though differently colored, all seem transparent to experience."
"The self is an oral society in which the present is constantly running a dialogue with the past and the future inside of one skin."
"While I've had a great distaste for what's usually called song in modern poetry or for what's usually called music, I really don't think of speech as so far from song."