A poet can write about a man slaying a dragon, but not about a man pushing a button that releases a bomb.
--W. H. Auden
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 emotion know what it means to want to escape from these.
--T. S. Eliot
A word is dead when it is said, some say.
I say it just begins to live that day.
...who scribbled all night rocking and rolling over lofty incantations which in the yellow morning were stanzas of gibberish...
--Allen Ginsberg, Howl
To have great poets, there must be great audiences.
If Galileo had said in verse that the world moved, the inquisition might have let him alone.
Not everyone who drinks is a poet. Some of us drink because we're not poets.
--from the movie Arthur (1981) screenplay by Steve Gordon.