"I look for poetry in English because it's the only language I read."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."Jack Prelutsky on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."Jack Prelutsky 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."Jack Prelutsky on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."Jack Prelutsky on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."Jack Prelutsky on Robert Frost
"Writing gives me the opportunity to explore ideas, play with language, solve problems, use my imagination, and draw on my own childhood."
"Then I decided to draw from and on my own imagination, and everything came out perfect."
"We all need ways to express ourselves, and poetry is one of mine."
"Poetry seems to sink into us the way prose doesn't. I can still quote verses I learned when I was very young, but I have trouble remembering one line of a novel I just finished reading."
"Otherwise I don't read much adult poetry at all, because I'm not smart enough and mostly I don't get it."