"On a summer night it can be lovely to sit around outside with friends after dinner and, yes, read poetry to each other. Keats and Yeats will never let you down, but it's differently exciting to read the work of poets who are still walking around out there."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."Michael Cunningham on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."Michael Cunningham 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."Michael Cunningham on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."Michael Cunningham on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."Michael Cunningham on Robert Frost
"I just don't feel much interested in the lifestyles of the rich and famous."
"I have no useful theories about love and marriage."