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Author QuotedLouis Zukofsky
Title QuotedThe Collected Short Poems,1923-1958
Date (Year/Month/Day)1967/03/11
Imprint[S.l.] : [s.n.]. 1965
QuotationAnd now to your books [Bottom: On Shakespeare; All: The Collected Short Poems, 1923-1958; "A" 1-12; "A" 9; and A Test of Poetry]. What a happening. Really. Especially to have the superb volumes of Bottom: On Shakespear"”it's like getting The Anatomy of Melancholy from [Robert] Burton himself: a book into which everything has gone. It will be something to think about for years. I look at it with wonder as I move around my front room. Never having read the early "A‘s" it is they that I have begun on, and they are full of everything that is best. To begin with, this is the right way to read "A's" I think, not bit by bit here and there in magazines. One really gets into them. "A" 7 is a most marvelous Easter fugue. You are in fact sacred music but as it should be, not just Church music. With the kind of secularity that is in Bach. And the compassion.
Quotation SourceThe Courage for Truth: Letters of Thomas Merton to Writers.; Selected and edited by Christine M. Bochen. / New York : Farrar Straus Giroux. 1993, p. 291
Letter toLouis Zukofsky
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