In this poor body, composed of one hundred bones and nine openings, is something called spirit, a flimsy curtain swept this way and that by the slightest breeze. It is spirit, such as it is, which led me to poetry ~ Basho

any idea, charged with emotion or imagination, can be put into plain language; but it lives longer, travels farther, changes more lives as poetry © John Looker 2009
 I followed the words into a figurative space, where they invited me to get lost. I’m never able to get quite as lost as I want to, but with each poem I get a little closer ~ Heather Christle
A poet is, before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language ~ W. H. Auden
Painting is silent poetry and poetry is painting that speaks ~ Plutarch
To read a poem is to hear it with our eyes; to hear it is to see it with our ears. ~ Octavia Paz
Poetry is the impish attempt to paint the color of the wind. ~ Maxwell Bodenheim
A lot of poetry is a kind of soliloquy—and therefore one has no audience ~ Sorley Maclean
When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence ~ Ansel Adams