"The library was open for one hour after school let out. I hid there, looking at art books and reading poetry."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."Lynda Barry on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."Lynda Barry 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."Lynda Barry on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."Lynda Barry on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."Lynda Barry on Robert Frost
"I live in constant fear of being fired or dropped for that dark part of my work I can't control."
"I need to be cheered up a lot. I think funny people are people who need to be cheered up."
"I listen like mad to any conversation taking place next to me just trying to hear why this is funny. Women's restrooms are especially great. I wash my hands twice waiting for people to come in and start talking."
"If I didn't try to eavesdrop on every bus ride I take or look for the humor when I go for a walk, I would just be depressed all the time."
"Humor is such a wonderful thing, helping you realize what a fool you are but how beautiful that is at the same time."