"I started off in England and very few people knew I was Australian. I mean, the clues were in the poems, but they didn't read them very carefully, and so for years and years I was considered completely part of the English poetry scene."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."Peter Porter on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."Peter Porter 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 Porter on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."Peter Porter on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."Peter Porter on Robert Frost