Poetry can be dangerous, especially beautiful poetry, because it gives the illusion of having had the experience without actually going through it. ― Rumi
Poetry is what in a poem makes you laugh, cry, prickle, be silent, makes your toe nails twinkle, makes you want to do this or that or nothing, makes you know that you are alone in the unknown world, that your bliss and suffering is forever shared and forever all your own. ― Dylan Thomas
Poetry is language at its most distilled and most powerful. – Rita Dove
If you can’t be a poet, be the poem. – David Carradine
Poetry is everywhere; it just needs editing. – James Tate
Poetry is frosted fire. – J. Patrick Lewis
But all art is sensual and poetry particularly so. It is directly, that is, of the senses, and since the senses do not exist without an object for their employment all art is necessarily objective. It doesn’t declaim or explain, it presents. – William Carlos Williams
There is not a particle of life which does not bear poetry within it. ― Gustave Flaubert
Don’t use the phone. People are never ready to answer it. Use poetry. ― Jack Kerouac
Writing a book of poetry is like dropping a rose petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo. – Don Marquis
Poetry is the robe, the royal apparel, in which truth asserts its divine origin. — Beecher
The courage of the poet is to keep ajar the door that leads into madness. ― Christopher Morley
The true poem rests between the words. ― Vanna Bonta
Poets are soldiers that liberate words from the steadfast possession of definition – Eli Khamarov
There is something about poetry beyond prose logic, there is mystery in it, not to be explained but admired. — Edward Young
The poet is the priest of the invisible. — Wallace Stevens
The poet doesn’t invent. He listens. – Jean Cocteau
There is poetry as soon as we realize we possess nothing. – John Cage
A poet’s work is to name the unnameable, to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments, shape the world, and stop it going to sleep. – Salman Rushdie
For what is a poem but a hazardous attempt at self-understanding: it is the deepest part of autobiography. – Robert Penn Warren
If you want to annoy a poet, explain his poetry. ― Nassim Nicholas Taleb