"Usually a life turned into a poem is misrepresented."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."Mark Strand on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."Mark Strand 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."Mark Strand on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."Mark Strand on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."Mark Strand on Robert Frost
"The future is always beginning now."
"It's very hard to write humor."
"Pain is filtered in a poem so that it becomes finally, in the end, pleasure."
"Poetry is, first and last, language - the rest is filler."
"Poetry is something that happens in universities, in creative writing programs or in English departments."