"My friends never talk to me about my poetry because they're embarrassed that I write it or they're embarrassed by what I write about which are not such extraordinarily terrifying things, but they are the state of human existence."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."Peter Davison on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."Peter Davison 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."Peter Davison on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."Peter Davison on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."Peter Davison on Robert Frost
"I like poems that are little games."
"I think poetry has lost an awful lot of its muscle because nobody knows any. Nobody has to memorize poetry."
"Dealing with poetry is a daunting task, simply because the reason one does it as an editor at all is because one is constantly coming to terms with one's own understanding of how to understand the world."
"Poetry is composing for the breath."
"Poetry was invented as an mnemonic device to enable people to remember their prayers."