Poetry asks people to have values, form opinions, care about some other part of experience besides making money and being successful on the job.
That’s the way it is with poetry: When it is incomprehensible it seems profound, and when you understand it, it is only ridiculous.
William Rose Benet
Poetry is like making a joke. If you get one word wrong at the end of a joke, you’ve lost the whole thing.
W. S. Merwin
Alfred Edward Housman
I wrote The Green Eye of the Little Yellow God in five hours, but I had it all planned out. It isn’t poetry and it does not pretend to be, but it does what it sets out to do.
J. Milton Hayes