"Poetry is one of the few nasty childhood habits I've managed to grow out of."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."Tom Holt on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."Tom Holt 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."Tom Holt on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."Tom Holt on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."Tom Holt on Robert Frost
"Luck, like a Russian car, generally only works if you push it."
"Everything is out there if you know how to find it, and have the patience. I don't and haven't, but that's my problem."
"New technology is useful, but it's inefficient and ugly it knows it'll be obsolete by lunchtime tomorrow, so it has no incentive to be anything else."