"Poetry criticism at its worst today is mean in spirit and spiteful in intent, as if determined to inflict the wound that will spur the artist to new heights if it does not cripple him or her."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."David Lehman on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."David Lehman 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 Lehman on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."David Lehman on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."David Lehman on Robert Frost