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Author QuotedLouis Zukofsky
Title Quoted"A" 1-12
Date (Year/Month/Day)1967/03/11
ImprintNew York : [s.n.]. 1967
QuotationDid I mention anywhere here Zukofsky's two letters. They were beautiful. He liked my revisions (at which I was most happy) and promised to send books. So I sent a scrawl from the hospital saying "send books!" He wrote back with all kinds of family advice about bursitis (the way he and Celia fight back with aspirin and something else, some mystery of Squibb) and then the books came, and they are perfect. I am reading the early "A's" ["A" (New York, 1967)] and find them more moving than any other modern poetry I have read. The ground of his verse: a whole musical family. That makes the difference. He never reaches to make anything "musical" or "poetic"; he just touches the words right and they give the right ringing and tone. And all the rest too, the humorous drawing.
JournalLearning to love: exploring solitude and freedom. The Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 6, 1966-1967.; Edited by Christine M. Bochen. / [San Francisco] : HarperCollins. 1997, p. 205-06
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