"That poetry survived in its formal agencies finally, and that prose survived to get something said."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."Robert Creeley on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."Robert Creeley 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."Robert Creeley on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."Robert Creeley on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."Robert Creeley on Robert Frost
"Suddenly the whole imagination of writing and editorial and newspaper and all these presumptions about who am I reading this, and who else other people may be, and all that, it's so grimly brutal!"