~from Katie Haggstrom

Great poets have a way with words. To help you with your Monday, we’ve found some inspiring quotes from poets.


Rita Dove with quote about poetry
Original photo by Megan Bean

“Poetry is a matter of life, not just a matter of language.” -Lucille Clifton

“We all write poems; it is simply that poets are the ones who write in words.” -John Fowles

“Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.” -Robert Frost

“If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry.” -Emily Dickinson

“Breathe in experience, breathe out poetry.” -Muriel Rukeyser

“Poetry is ordinary language raised to the Nth power. Poetry is boned with ideas, nerved and blooded with emotions, all held together by the delicate, tough skin of words.” -Paul Engle

“Poetry lifts the veil from the hidden beauty of the world, and makes familiar objects be as if they were not familiar.” -Percy Bysshe Shelley

Poem by Atticus

“Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.” -William Wordsworth

“‘Therefore’ is a word the poet must not know.” -Andre Gide

“Writing poetry is a state of free float.” -Margaret Atwood

“The true poem rests between the words.” -Vanna Bonta

poems find you. let them. -nayyirah waheed