"So much of my poetry begins with something that I can describe in visual terms, so thinking about distance, thinking about how life begins and what might be watching us."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."Tracy K. Smith on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."Tracy K. Smith 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."Tracy K. Smith on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."Tracy K. Smith on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."Tracy K. Smith on Robert Frost