"I did know Ted Hughes and I partly wrote the book to explain to myself and others the complexities of a marriage that was for six years wonderfully productive of poetry and then ended in tragedy."
"All poetry has to do is to make a strong communication. All the poet has to do is listen. The poet is not an important fellow. There will also be another poet."
"There may be more poetry than justice in poetic justice."
"Some say they see poetry in my paintings I see only science."
"The poetry community here has been extraordinarily welcoming."
"Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas."
"Music begins to atrophy when it departs too far from the dance... poetry begins to atrophy when it gets too far from music."
"And, I mean, I think poetry does need to be met to some extent, especially, I guess, 19th century poetry, and for me, it's just been so worth the effort. It's like I'm planting a garden in my head."
"Those who say we should dismantle the role of Poet Laureate altogether, the trick they miss is that being called this thing, with the weight of tradition behind it, and with the association of the Royal family, does allow you to have conversations and to open doors, and wallets, for the good of poetry in a way that nothing else would allow."
"The great watershed of modern poetry is French, more than English."