"Poetry's always dead, you know? You don't realize how good poetry is until 15 years later."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."Richard Hell on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."Richard Hell 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."Richard Hell on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."Richard Hell on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."Richard Hell on Robert Frost
"It's really interesting with art-movies too, but art especially - to see how your attitude toward artists and works and your level of appreciation of them is always shifting and changing over the years."