At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet.
A poet looks at the world the way a man looks at a woman.
A writer should have the precision of a poet and the imagination of a scientist.
The poet never asks for admiration; he wants to be believed.
God is the perfect poet.
Everywhere I go I find that a poet has been there before me.
A poet is, before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language.
An actor is at most a poet and at least an entertainer.
The poet produces the beautiful by fixing his attention on something real.
"Therefore" is a word the poet must not know.
No poet or orator has ever existed who believed there was any better than himself.
The poet is a liar who always speaks the truth.
Take a commonplace, clean it and polish it, light it so that it produces the same effect of youth and freshness and originality and spontaneity as it did originally, and you have done a poet's job. The rest is literature.
The poet doesn't invent. He listens.
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.
There is no better way of exercising the imagination than the study of law. No poet ever interpreted nature as freely as a lawyer interprets the truth.
We all know here that the law is the most powerful of schools for the imagination. No poet ever interpreted nature as freely as a lawyer interprets the truth.
In 1967, the students at San Francisco State invited the poet Amiri Baraka to the campus for a semester. He attracted other influential black writers such as Sonia Sanchez, Ed Bullins, Eldridge Cleaver. What emerged was something we called the community communications program. That's how I got involved; I got involved in a little play.
A poet is a man who puts up a ladder to a star and climbs it while playing a violin.
His voice is that of a jazz-blues poet. He is the genuine article. He gave employment to hundreds of artists but his voice touched, entertained and inspired many millions more. It's really hard to comprehend that this is happening.
Perhaps no person can be a poet, or can even enjoy poetry, without a certain unsoundness of mind.
None merit the name of creator save God and the poet.
A poet looks at the world as a man looks at a woman.
All a poet can do today is warn. That is why the truest poets must be truthful.
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