A meme from Sam Rasnake: “Give us at least 10 quotations pertaining to poetry - from 10 different writers &/or poets which best coincide with your philosophy vis a vis ars poetica. They can be posthumous or otherwise. The order is not important - unless it is to you.”
If the number ten is too daunting, go for less.
Here are mine. I have so many more but don't know them word for word and can't find them.
Poetry is sacred, providing salvation in a secular world.
Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is a speaking picture.
Poetry is a mixture of common sense, which not all have, with an uncommon sense, which very few have.
Poetry is not an expression of the party line. It's that time of night, lying in bed, thinking what you really think, making the private world public, that's what the poet does.
Poetry must have something in it that is barbaric, vast and wild.
If there were no poetry on any day in the world, poetry would be invented that day. For there would be an intolerable hunger.
Ink runs from the corners of my mouth.
There is no happiness like mine.
I have been eating poetry.
A poet's autobiography is his poetry. Anything else is just a footnote.
Ordering a man to write a poem is like commanding a pregnant woman to give birth to a red-headed child."
A poem...begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness...It finds the thought and the thought finds the words."
I'm tagging the following people to do the same.