"Arranging a bowl of flowers in the morning can give a sense of quiet in a crowded day - like writing a poem or saying a prayer."
"To read a poem is to hear it with our eyes to hear it is to see it with our ears."
"A poem need not have a meaning and like most things in nature often does not have."
"History is a cyclic poem written by time upon the memories of man."
"A poem can have an impact, but you can't expect an audience to understand all the nuances."
"A poem might be defined as thinking about feelings - about human feelings and frailties."
"The poem is the point at which our strength gave out."
"I usually write for the individual reader -though I would like to have many such readers. There are some poets who write for people assembled in big rooms, so they can live through something collectively. I prefer my reader to take my poem and have a one-on-one relationship with it."
"A poem is never finished, only abandoned."
"A poem begins in delight and ends in wisdom."