- ... 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)