"Poetry is but another form of inquiry into the nature of phenomena, using with its own unique procedures and tools."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."John Barton on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."John Barton 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."John Barton on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."John Barton on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."John Barton on Robert Frost
"I have always been very obsessed with time. Time's passage makes us all very vulnerable and because we all experience it in our own way, it can make us feel very alone."
"No poem is easily grasped so why should any reader expect fast results?"
"Sometimes poetry is inspired by the conversation entered into by reading other poems."
"An experienced reader uses the poem as an agent of inquiry. This makes poetry very exciting, unstable, and interactive."
"In the past, poetry came in the form of spells and chants used to effect change."