Friday, August 31, 2007

The editor; the Prisoner

"Causistry justifies everything, but what can one do in the case when no one pays attention to a poet unless there is a scandal. Maritain observes that to refuse to use force, as of Gandhi, is to deny the fact that one has a body. The same kind of justification probably works for an editor, who prints insufficient work for the sake of all that is sufficient and is going to be so."

- Delmore Schwartz to John Berryman, May 29, 1939, from
Partisan Review on deciding to print a poem of JB's that he found "vulgar" but accepted, anyway.

(James Atlas,
Delmore Schwartz, the Life of an American Poet, 144)

Currently watching :
The Prisoner - Complete Series Megaset (40th Anniversary Edition)

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