Poetry Quotes

“It was not like everyone had said.Not like being needed,or needing; not desperate;it did not whisperthat I’d come to harm. I didn’t losemy head. No, I was notgoing to leap from a greatheight and flapmy wings.It was in factthe opposite of flying:it contained the wishto be toppled, to be on the floor,the ground, anywhere I mightlie down. . . .On my back, and you on me.” ―Deborah Garrison,A Working Girl Can’t Win
“Welcome, thou kind deceiver!Thou best of thieves: who, with an easy key,Dost open life, and, unperceived by us,Even steal us from ourselves.” ―John Dryden,All for Love
“I’d rather be thin than famousbut I’m fatpaste that in your broadway show” ―jack kerouac,Mexico City Blues
“You might as well ask an artist to explain his art, or ask a poet to explain his poem. It defeats the purpose. The meaning is only clear thorough the search.” ―Rick Riordan
“It is always what is under pressure in us, especially under pressure of concealment–that explodes in poetry.” ―Adrienne Rich,On Lies, Secrets, and Silence: Selected Prose, 1966-1978
“I have to live with myself and so, I want to be fit for myself to know.” ―Edgar Guest
“Only In SleepOnly in sleep I see their faces,Children I played with when I was a child,Louise comes back with her brown hair braided,Annie with ringlets warm and wild.Only in sleep Time is forgotten –What may have come to them, who can know?Yet we played last night as long ago,And the doll-house stood at the turn of the stair.The years had not sharpened their smooth round faces,I met their eyes and found them mild –Do they, too, dream of me, I wonder,And for them am I too a child?” ―Sara Teasdale,Flame and Shadow
“because two bodies, naked and entwined,leap over time, they are invulnerable,nothing can touch them, they return to the source,there is no you, no I, no tomorrow,no yesterday, no names, the truth of twoin a single body, a single soul,oh total being…” ―Octavio Paz,Sunstone/Piedra De Sol