‘Being a poet is like having an invisible partner. It isn’t easy. But you can’t live without it either. Talent is only 10 percent. The rest is obsession.’
Selima Hill in Contempory Womens, Poetry 2000.
I found this quote in ‘Quote Poet Unquote, Contemporary Quotations on Poets and Poetry edited by Dennis O’Driscoll, Copper Canyon Press, 2008.
I’ve been collecting poetry quotes for a while. Here is Seamus Heaney quoted in the same book, from the Independent 1994. ‘ Poetry is language in orbit’.
You can read some more of my favourites on the Poets on Poetry page of this blog.