I dislike literary jargon and never use it. Criticism has only one function and that is to help readers read and understand literature. It is not a science it is an aid to art.

Anne Stevenson Science Quote

A poem might be defined as thinking about feelings – about human feelings and frailties.

Each word bears its weight so you have to read my poems quite slowly.

I don’t like poetry that just slaps violent words on a canvas as it were.

I have always made my own rules in poetry as in life – though I have tried of late to cooperate more with my family. I do however believe that without order or pattern poetry is useless.

I’m not really quiet or shy. Ask any of my friends! But I always ground my poetry in life itself. Poetry is an art of language though so I am always aware of every word’s meaning or multiple meanings.

Poets should ignore most criticism and get on with making poetry.

Anne Stevenson Poetry Quotes

I did know Ted Hughes and I partly wrote the book to explain to myself and others the complexities of a marriage that was for six years wonderfully productive of poetry and then ended in tragedy.

Anne Stevenson Marriage Quote

Yes I do often write poems from the mind but I hope I don’t ignore feelings and emotions.

Anne Stevenson Hope Quote