"People wish to be poets more than they wish to write poetry, and that's a mistake. One should wish to celebrate more than one wishes to be celebrated."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."Lucille Clifton on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."Lucille Clifton 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."Lucille Clifton on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."Lucille Clifton on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."Lucille Clifton on Robert Frost
"Poetry is a matter of life, not just a matter of language."