"Then, of course, there are those sad occasions when a poet or a writer has not grown, and one has to let them go because they're just not making headway. But we have a very clear personal relationship with the authors."
"You can't stop loving or wanting to love because when its right it's the best thing in the world. When you're in a relationship and its good, even if nothing else in your life is right, you feel like your whole world is complete."James Laughlin on Keith Sweat
"Spiritual relationship is far more precious than physical. Physical relationship divorced from spiritual is body without soul."James Laughlin on Mahatma Gandhi
"One loyal friend is worth ten thousand relatives."James Laughlin on Euripides
"Courage means to keep working a relationship, to continue seeking solutions to difficult problems, and to stay focused during stressful periods."James Laughlin on Denis Waitley
"You don't develop courage by being happy in your relationships everyday. You develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity."James Laughlin on Epicurus
"Concrete poets continue to turn out beautiful things, but to me they're more visual than oral, and they almost really belong on the wall rather than in a book. I haven't the least idea of where poetry is going."
"I think that concrete poetry seems to have, as far as I can see, come to a kind of a dead end. It doesn't seem to be going any further than it went in its high period of about five or six years ago."
"I think that is where poetry reading becomes such an individual thing. I mean I have friend who like poets who just don't say anything to me at all, I mean they seem to me rather ordinary and pedestrian."
"I think there's no excuse for the American poetry reader not knowing a good deal about what is going on in the rest of the world."
"I think we will always have the impulse towards visual poetry with us, and I wouldn't agree with Bly that it's a bad thing. It depends on the ability of the individual poet to do it well, and to make a shape which is interesting enough to hold your attention."