"When I hit a block, regardless of what I am writing, what the subject matter is, or what's going on in the plot, I go back and I read Pablo Neruda's poetry. I don't actually speak Spanish, so I read it translation. But I always go back to Neruda. I don't know why, but it calms me, calms my brain."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."Tea Obreht on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."Tea Obreht 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."Tea Obreht on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."Tea Obreht on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."Tea Obreht on Robert Frost