The poem is the point at which our strength gave out.

Richard Rosen
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The poet doesn't invent. He listens.

Jean Cocteau
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The poet is a liar who always speaks the truth.

Jean Cocteau
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The poet may be used as a barometer, but let us not forget that he is also part of the weather.

Lionel Trilling
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The poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.

Gilbert K. Chesterton
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There is poetry as soon as we realize that we possess nothing.

John Cage
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There'll always be working people in my poems because I grew up with them, and I am a poet of memory.

Philip Levine
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There's no money in poetry, but then there's no poetry in money, either.

Robert Graves
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"Therefore" is a word the poet must not know.

Andre Gide
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