“One is trying to say everything that can be said for the things that one loves while there’s still time.” –W.S. Merwin ’48, former U.S. Poet Laureate and winner of two Pulitzer prizes.
“These songs are not meant to be understood, you understand. They are only meant to terrify & comfort.” –John Berryman, who taught in Princeton’s creative writing program for many years.
“When we allow language to behave differently, it reveals different truths, often truths which implicate or complicate us as speakers or agents of language.” –Tracy K. Smith, director of the creative writing program and winner of the Pulitzer prize.
“To me, poetry is somebody saying, with as little concealment as possible, what it is for him or her to be on earth at this moment.” –Galway Kinnell ’48, winner of the National Book Award and the Pulitzer prize.