"Let my life as Poet begin. I want the life of the Poet. I have labored for over twelve years, one thousand pages of prose. Now, I want the easiness of poetry. The brevity of the poem."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."Maxine Hong Kingston on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."Maxine Hong Kingston 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."Maxine Hong Kingston on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."Maxine Hong Kingston on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."Maxine Hong Kingston on Robert Frost
"To me success means effectiveness in the world, that I am able to carry my ideas and values into the world - that I am able to change it in positive ways."