"If I do a poetry reading I want people to walk out and say they feel better for having been there - not because you've done a comedy performance but because you're talking about your father dying or having young children, things that touch your soul."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."Roger McGough on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."Roger McGough 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."Roger McGough on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."Roger McGough on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."Roger McGough on Robert Frost
"Whereas with poetry no one has to show anybody really, and you don't have to tell anyone you're doing it."