"All the modern verse plays, they're terrible they're mostly about the poetry. It's more important that the play is first."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."Denis Johnson on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."Denis Johnson 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."Denis Johnson on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."Denis Johnson on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."Denis Johnson on Robert Frost