"Poetry teaches us music, metaphor, condensation and specificity."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."Walter Mosley on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."Walter Mosley 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."Walter Mosley on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."Walter Mosley on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."Walter Mosley on Robert Frost
"My father always taught by telling stories about his experiences. His lessons were about morality and art and what insects and birds and human beings had in common. He told me what it meant to be a man and to be a Black man. He taught me about love and responsibility, about beauty, and how to make gumbo."
"I think that people don't know how to do anything anymore. My father was a janitor. He could take a car apart and put it back together. He could build a house in the back yard. Today, if you ask people what they know, they say, 'I know how to hire someone.'"
"When you deal with a person who's experiencing dementia, you can see where they're struggling with knowledge. You can see what they forget completely, what they forget but they know what they once knew. You can tell how they're trying to remember."
"I took up writing to escape the drudgery of that every day cubicle kind of war."