"Poetry asks people to have values, form opinions, care about some other part of experience besides making money and being successful on the job."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."Toi Derricotte on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."Toi Derricotte 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."Toi Derricotte on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."Toi Derricotte on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."Toi Derricotte on Robert Frost