For your Saturday morning pleasure: excerpts from "Quote Poet Unquote" by Dennis O'Driscoll, as found on the PaperCuts blog.
“I like reading poetry at night — a doctor I know claims that this is because ‘poetry is the only thing you can read when you’re drunk.’”
— John Lanchester
“My self-esteem is so low that getting the Pulitzer Prize just made me break even.”
— Franz Wright
“There’s nothing like a punch in the mouth to remind you that that poem about your next-door neighbor was not as clever as you thought.”
— Simon Armitage
“The poem that says ‘I love you’ is the little black cocktail dress, the classic thing that everyone would like to have written one of.”
— James Fenton
"I started a PhD in English at the University of Chicago because I loved poetry-which I now realize is like saying I studied vivisection because I loved dogs."
-Michael Donaghy, Verse