Monday, January 14, 2013

The Winters of Our Discontent




Once [Basil Bunting] wrote rather a sharp review or comment in Hound and Horn, on something by Yvor Winters, who in turn wrote to him in Italy, making a physical challenge of it!  It so happened that Gene Tunney [World Heavyweight Boxing Champioin, 1926-28] was there, and wrote back for him, saying that he, Tunney, would accept the challenge on Bunting's behalf.  They didn't hear from Winters again!

-- Gael Turnbull, "A Visit to Basil Bunting," in More Words: Gael Turnbull on Poets & Poetry, ed. by Jill Turnbull & Hamish Whyte, 2012