"That's the way it is with poetry: When it is incomprehensible it seems profound, and when you understand it, it is only ridiculous."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."Galway Kinnell on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."Galway Kinnell 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."Galway Kinnell on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."Galway Kinnell on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."Galway Kinnell on Robert Frost