"Poetry is not a monument to the poet. Nor is it a slice of his wisdom, dished out to a hungry world. (A poet rarely says anything the rest of the world doesn't already know. He simply stimulates our awareness of it. He helps us identify universal feelings.)"
"Why does he do it? Because poetry is just as therapeutic for the writer as it is for the reader."
"If a poem makes you appreciate, or empathize, or resolve, or relive, or simply think, then the poet has served his purpose-and renewed himself in the process."
[ From Inside A Storm, a book of poetry by Teresa Henkle ]