- ... even though poetry was written for the 'minds ear' as well as the physical ear, the minds ear can be trained only by the other … which comes back to reading poetry aloud ...
- The Audible Reading of Poetry. The Hudson Review 4.3.1951
- What I desire of a poem is a clear understanding of motive, and a just evaluation of feeling
- A poem in the first place should offer us a new perception..bringing into being a new experience
- Verse is more valuable than prose for its rhythms are faster and more highly organised and lead to greater compexity.
- Primitivism and Decadence: A Study of American Experimental Poetry Arrow Editions , New York , 1937.
- By practice and conviction formed,
With ancient stubbornness ingrained,
Although her body clung and swarmed,
My own identity remained.
- Sir Gawaine and the Green Knight (1988).
- And you are here beside me, small,
Contained and fragile, and intent
On things that I but half recall-
- The rain of matter upon sense
Destroys me momently. The score:
There comes what will come.
- At the San Francisco Airport (1976).
- Metal, intrinsic value, deep and dense,
Preanimate, inimitable, still,
Real, but an evil with no human sense,
Dispersed the mind to concentrate the will.
- David Cecil and Allen Tate (eds.), Modern Verse in English 1900 - 1950, Taylor & Francis, 1966, p. 462.
- What calm catastrophe will yet assuage
This final drouth of penitential tears?
- John Sutter (1976).
- The land is numb.
It stands beneath the feet, and one may come
Walking securely, till the sea extends
Its limber margin, and precision ends.
- The Slow Pacific Swell (1976).