"I have nothing to say, I am saying it, and that is poetry."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."John Cage on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."John Cage 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 Cage on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."John Cage on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."John Cage on Robert Frost
"We are involved in a life that passes understanding and our highest business is our daily life."
"The highest purpose is to have no purpose at all. This puts one in accord with nature, in her manner of operation."
"There is poetry as soon as we realize that we possess nothing."