"I'd never really been content with just churning out these slim volumes every three or four years. I've always tried to think of poetry as an active ingredient in the language rather than just something that appears between the covers of thin books."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."Simon Armitage on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."Simon Armitage 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."Simon Armitage on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."Simon Armitage on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."Simon Armitage on Robert Frost
"People who read poetry, for example, like the feel, the heft and the smell of a book."
"If you were going to choose a way of making your way in this world and a place to start from, you might not choose poetry and you might not choose Huddersfield."