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January 07, 2009

don't pity the monsters

lowell time 2 june 1967.jpg [Robert Lowell on the cover of Time, 2 June 1967] I'm lost in admiration -- for the poets who self-apostasized, shocking and aweing their early admirers. Auden, Lowell, Plath, Hughes, Rich, Pound, Moore, Eliot, Yeats, Pound.... Defying success, defying favour seem gestures somehow linked to greatness. As I say, I'm lost in reverence for the poets (often, especially in the cases of the men, appalling characters) who turned away from those who thought they understood and who sympathized.

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