Poetry is what gets lost in translation. - Robert Frost

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

Sandisile Tshuma - What it means to me to write

Poetry is the language in which man explores his own amazement . . . says heaven and earth in one word . . . speaks of himself and his predicament as though for the first time.
- Christopher Fry

When power leads man towards arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the area of man’s concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses.
- John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Ink runs from the corners of my mouth.
There is no happiness like mine.
I have been eating poetry. 
-       Mark Strand

Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion; it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things.
- T.S. Eliot

A poet is someone who stands out in the rain hoping to be struck by lightning.
-  James Dickey

Poetry is plucking at the heartstrings, and making music with them. 
Dennis Gabor

Poetry is not only dream and vision; it is the skeleton architecture of our lives. It lays the foundations for a future of change, a bridge across our fears of what has never been before.
- Audre Lorde

You campaign in poetry. You govern in prose.
-       Mario Cuomo

A poet's work is to name the unnameable, to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments, shape the world, and stop it going to sleep. 
Salman Rushdie

"You are the beautiful distress of mathematics." - If a guy said this to me I would die on the spot!